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Edwardian Group backs new Heathrow runway

12 December 2014 by
Edwardian Group backs new Heathrow runway

Edwardian Group has become one of the first hotel companies to call for the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The company, which employs 2,000 staff at 14 hotels, with 12 in London, said that only a new runway at Heathrow would deliver benefits to businesses.

In a letter to the London Evening Standard, Inderneel Singh, managing director of the Mayfair hotel, said: "Our main market is North America and that is where we see a lot of opportunities for growth.

"The vast majority of visitors from the US to Britain fly into Heathrow using one of their 228 flights that cross the Atlantic every day. But Heathrow is full…

"It is not good enough for our economy to stand back while these passengers land in France and then Eurostar over to London for a day trip. If the UK is to benefit, we need them to land, stay, travel around and spend in Britain. The only way to do this is to expand our hub airport, Heathrow."

Last year, the Airports Commission, which was established to review airport capacity in the South East, shortlisted the options of a new third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing runway at Heathrow, or a second runway at Gatwick. The full report is due to be published in 2015.

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