Airline fury as growth halted

AIRLINES expressed dismay yesterday that the government could push back its consultation on increasing airport capacity until the autumn.

“It looks like the government has stumbled before it has started,” said British Airways owner IAG. “While we prevaricate, other countries storm ahead. Every delay is another step backwards for Britain.”

Virgin Atlantic also weighed in, calling the policy “long overdue” and arguing that “competitors will continue to race further ahead.”

The BCC said the reported delays “beggar belief” and will cause the UK to lose both investment and jobs.