Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been approved by government ministers today; a move which has been welcomed by Welsh Conservatives, who believe that it could increase inward investment and improve connectivity.
A vote in the House of Commons is now expected to take place by the end of June.
Responding to the development, Shadow Economy Secretary, Russell George AM, said:
â€œThe expansion of Heathrow Airport delivers vital benefits to the Welsh economy, and a third runway will provide a major boost for trade and tourism here in Wales.
â€œIt opens Wales up to the rest of the world and with the UK set to leave the EU, the timing couldnâ€™t be better.
â€œThis could prove to be one of the most important decisions taken by a UK government in decades â€“ encouraging inward investment into Wales and improving connectivity.
â€œItâ€™s the right approach from a government that is looking to the future at a time when we want to grow international trade links, and open up new opportunities for a Global Britain.
â€œDoing nothing was simply not an option, and we must now hope that this decision also leads to progress on the Heathrow Spur.â€�