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16th March 2010

CONSUMER COUNCIL WELCOMES PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO GEORGE BEST BELFAST CITY AIRPORT (GBBCA) RUNWAY EXTENS

The Consumer Council says a public inquiry is the only way the planning application for extending George Best Belfast City Airport’s runway (GBBCA) can be fully considered and has called for a prompt conclusion to the inquiry.

Welcoming the announcement, Aodhan O’Donnell, Head of Transport at the Consumer Council said: “The Consumer Council called for a public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at GBBCA and we are pleased that the Minister has decided to take this action.  Given the environmental, economic and social issues associated with the proposed runway extension, we believe a public inquiry is the only way that such a complex proposal can be fully considered.

“We believe that the ongoing debate about the runway extension highlights the problem of not having a long term local strategy for the aviation sector.  Northern Ireland is completely dependant on its air routes.  Being situated on the periphery of Europe, it’s vital that the aviation sector here is supported with a clear vision for the future that is sustainable, competitive and protects consumer interests.  The Consumer Council is committed to working with Government to help develop and shape a strategy to guide the future of the Northern Ireland aviation sector.” 

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  1. Consumer Council media contact: Keelin Kelly, telephone, 028 9067 4807 or e-mail, [email protected]  
  2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers.The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
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