Cheapflights Welcomes Heathrow Third Runway Decision

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Cheapflights Ltd., the pioneer of and an international leader in independent online flight price search and comparison welcomes the Government's decision to allow a third runway for Heathrow. Heathrow is the world's busiest international airport and is currently running at an untenable 99% capacity.

As an island nation, the UK depends on efficient overseas transport links for both business and leisure. Cheapflights.co.uk therefore welcomes this strategic travel infrastructure investment which is vital to the UK's future economic well-being. The additional runway brings with it the prospect of lower fares, more consumer choice, and the ability of Heathrow to better compete with European competitors such as Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris. Increasing Heathrow's capacity, especially in today's global financial environment, will also help preserve approximately 600,000 UK jobs that aviation now directly and indirectly supports - a vital resuscitation of the UK's faltering economy.

Aviation is a growing global industry. Adding a third runway at Heathrow will enable the UK to keep pace with growing European and International air travel. A healthier air travel industry will further stimulate the development of more fuel efficient and quieter aircraft.

Cheapflights' CEO Chris Cuddy commented: "Cheapflights lauds the Government's decision to back a third runway at Heathrow. The UK's pre-eminence as an economic European hub is dependent on sufficient capacity to meet existing and future demand and also competition from its European rivals. Furthermore, blocking expansion would not have helped reduce climate change. It would have merely diverted the increased international air traffic to European airports, many of which are actively increasing runway capacity, and thereby significantly reduced Heathrow's importance as an international hub.

Increased landing & take-off capacity will be a win-win situation for the flying public, and the economies of the UK and beyond. A healthier UK travel infrastructure will boost the engine of international commerce.

Contact: Cheapflights Ltd:
John Barrington-Carver; Corporate PR

Notes to Editors Cheapflights Ltd.: http://www.cheapflights.co.uk was launched in 1996. It pioneered the concept of online flight price search and comparison and has been consistently profitable since launch. It was the first UK dotcom to introduce pay-per-click in 2000, which helped to transform online advertising. Cheapflights does not sell tickets but publishes flight deals from airlines, budget airlines, online travel agents and the long tail of other specialist flight deal providers. It launched its US site http://www.cheapflights.com in May 2003, which has rapidly grown and which now provides half of Cheapflights' millions of monthly visits by consumers. Its Canadian site http://www.cheapflights.ca which was "Light" launched in April 2007 is already enjoying traffic of over 250,000 monthly visits. The first non-English language site http://www.cheapflug.de was "light" launched in Germany in October 2008. Cheapflights' main European and North American sites each provide consumers with rapid, easy to use comparisons of about 1 million flight deals daily from the broadest online selection of travel operators. The sites are valued by travel industry advertisers as a neutral, high-traffic source of quality high-conversion consumer leads. Cheapflights' status as an independent online travel price search and comparison and travel news site, together with its free opt-in subscriber newsletters makes it a natural starting point for finding travel deals and up-to-date travel industry information on both sides of the Atlantic.

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