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Bosses call for airports rethink

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The Government has been urged to take aviation more seriously by an influential group of the UK's important business leaders.

The 74 bosses want the coalition to recognise the 'economic benefits of flying' in its forthcoming aviation review.

The chief executives, chairmen or senior executives from industry, finance and the service sector said what Britain needs is 'a strategy for growth'.

The officials, including top figures at Siemens, Lloyds Banking Group and PwC, have raised the issue in a letter to the Times.

Their letter says that Britain's main airports - especially in the South East - are blighted by overstretched infrastructure, and the slightest disruption can leave passengers queuing up in the terminal and can even lead to them paying unnecessary travel insurance premiums.

Apart from supporting the investment in London's Crossrail and Birmingham's New Street Station, the business chiefs also said that a plan was necessary 'to secure the UK's international connectivity'.

Their intervention comes after British Airways cabin crew voted by more than 8-1 in support of carrying out fresh strikes in their long-running row with the airline.

© Press Association 2011