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Transport Committee

MPs took evidence on the UK's airport capacity on 14 January 2013.

The session started with MPs questioning representatives of the Confederation of British Industry, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Institute of Directors, London First and the City of London Corporation.

Later, MPs questioned senior figures from the Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Scotland Chambers of Commerce.

The third panel of witnesses included representatives of the Freight Transport Association, London Biggin Hill Airport and TAG Farnborough Airport.

The session was part of the committee's inquiry into the government's aviation strategy and the potential benefits of aviation to the UK economy.

A recent report commissioned by Heathrow Airport found that a lack of capacity was costing the UK economy £14bn a year in lost trade.

The government has asked a commission headed by Sir Howard Davies to advise on future UK airport capacity needs.

The Davies Commission is expected to present an interim report to the government by the end of 2013, with a full report due in the summer of 2015 - after the next general election.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has proposed the construction of a new airport in the Thames Estuary, instead of expanding Heathrow.

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