Caroline has voted to back a third runway for Heathrow, in the long awaited parliamentary vote.
Said Caroline: “I am very pleased this vote has finally arrived. The UK needed to decide which of our airports is to be our 21st century hub airport – and there is only one candidate – Heathrow.
“I want Doncaster Sheffield Airport to have a connection to Heathrow and I want to see Doncaster shortlisted for a Heathrow logistics hub to bring more jobs to South Yorkshire.
“This decision isn’t just a London issue. Heathrow is the UK’s front door. Home to 80 airlines; accounting for four out of every five long haul flights from the UK; and serving 180 destinations. All of the South East airports will be full to overflowing by 2030 and Heathrow is full today. So businesses and passengers are taking flights to Amsterdam and elsewhere to hop onto another connecting flight. That is losing the UK businesses and passengers. It also doesn’t reduce emissions, it just transfers them across the channel. A third runway at Heathrow is the right decision for the UK and for Doncaster.
“People are right to challenge Heathrow to meet its carbon emissions targets. And it is right that our biggest airport should be subject to the greatest scrutiny. That’s why Heathrow’s emissions targets are important, as is its plan to offer “green slots” to low emission aircraft by 2020. The potential for aircraft to reduce their emissions is huge and Heathrow has a big part to play in pushing this forward.”
The Don Valley MP believes the UK should seek to rival Norway which aims for all short haul flights to be electric-powered by 2040. “I want the UK to be a leader in new technologies. If Norway can aim for every flight of less than 90 minutes powered by electricity, why can’t the UK? Low carbon technologies will bring some of the new jobs of the future. The Government needs to decide if the UK is a leader or a follower in the environmental race.”
The International Air Traffic Association notes that modern aircraft use 70% less fuel than 20% less than ten years ago. That is a steady fall in emissions from the same flights. The latest aircraft are more efficient for every 100 passengers per kilometre than a compact car. By 2020, airlines aim to reduce fuel use by 25% compared to 2005.
Parliament backed Heathrow by 415 votes to 119, a majority of 296.