Commenting on reports that the government is to delay its decision on airport capacity, John Longworth, BCC Director General, said:


“Businesses across the UK will be astonished if the government once again delays taking a decision on a new runway.


“Ministers’ plans to boost prosperity, productivity and exports mean nothing if they cannot take hard decisions to press ahead with crucial infrastructure projects. Further delays would undermine the government’s claim that it is serious about Britain punching above its weight on the global stage.


“Politicians may believe that further delay would help them dodge a bullet, but the British economy would ultimately pay the price. Once again, Britain dithers while others do.”