Last week’s Brexit vote means a decision on the expansion of the airport, which was recommended by the Airports Commission more than a year ago, is now likely to be delayed until “at least October” when the new party leader has been chosen, said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
The Government was due to decide on the project last December but put back the decision until this summer in order to carry out further environmental assessments.
Responding to the announcement to hand over a decision on Heathrow expansion to David Cameron’s successor, John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s chief executive, said that a third runway must be a part of the Government’s Brexit plan.
“It will allow British exporters to trade with all the growing markets of the world, strengthening Britain’s position as one of the great trading nations. And at a time of uncertainty a £16bn privately funded infrastructure investment will create jobs and growth across the UK.
“Government can send the strongest possible signal that Britain is open for business and confident in its future by expanding Heathrow.”