"Mr Hutton's comments today will provide a real boost to business. UK plc will suffer if we do not allow Heathrow to expand. At a time when companies are struggling in a seriously tough economic climate, it would be foolish to place needless obstacles in the way of what is essential expansion.
"Expansion does not have to come at a cost to the environment if we think imaginatively. British business fully understands the need for a sustainable future and that's why the Chambers of Commerce are pushing for high-speed rail and improvements to our road network.
"Refusing to listen to business and the needs of the economy on the issue of Heathrow expansion will hold back our economy. I cannot believe that the vast majority of people would want to see our country become less competitive."