Business leaders across Sheffield City Region have criticised the Liberal Democrats for voting against expansion at any airport in the land.
Leader Nick Clegg supported amending the policy to allow Gatwick to expand. But this was rejected by members at the party’s conference in Glasgow.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber, said: “We take the view that we wouldn’t preclude a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick - or both - because that’s a commercial decision for them but it should be built into a national transport policy that ensures the North and regional airports are not disadvantaged.”
Chris Hobson, of Derbyshire Chamber added: “Growing the UK’s airport capacity is critical to the long-term success of the economy and businesses will be extremely disappointed to see the LibDems have voted down plans to change its opposition to airport expansion.
“If the Government is serious about encouraging international trade it needs to have a strong hub and regional airports so we avoid falling behind.”