Commenting on new trade data, which shows the importance of Heathrow to UK exports, Chris Richards, Senior Business Environment Policy Adviser at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “Heathrow is a global freight hub for the UK economy, handling over 36% of Britain’s non-EU exports by value. [These] trade figures show that over the 12 months to July almost 100 times more exports to non-EU destinations were sent via Heathrow in comparison to Gatwick. This reaffirms why manufacturers overwhelmingly back a third runway at Heathrow. “As the UK charts a new trade course, Heathrow will be a key linchpin to delivering

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