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How vital is the future of Heathrow to the UK economy?

A new report by MPs has said expansion of Heathrow is important for the UK's economic potential.

Aviation analyst Chris Yates said "it is pretty much overloaded" at "about 99% capacity" and "we need to make sure that capacity is enhanced."

Director General of the Institute of Export and International Trade Lesley Batchelor said "there is an estimate out there that we're losing about £1bn in trade a year because we don't have this extra capacity".

  • 29 Aug 2012
  • From the section UK