George Osborne’s mention of the need for airport expansion in the budget has prompted high hopes for Heathrow expansion.

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The chancellor said in his budget speech this week that Britain needed to “confront” the growing need for airport capacity in the south-east, leading business leaders to believe they are gaining ground in the battle to add a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Hopes continue to grow as Mr Osborne’s comments came just days after the Prime Minister said the Coalition government was “not blind” to the fact that more runways were needed in the capital despite being a steadfast opponent of the proposal to expand Heathrow as well as Gatwick and Stansted.

And the Confederation of Business Industry has said that the chancellor’s comments are indicative that ministers are beginning to give to pressure from regional commercial bodies to meet the demand for air travel to and from London. CBI director general John Cridland said that although extensive discussions on a third runway at Heathrow have not yet resumed that it was clear that there was fresh acknowledgment that British carriers cannot properly operate without expanding capacity.

Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has recently pushed back its deadline for a new aviation policy but would have it completed before next spring at the latest.

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