Heathrow ex­pan­sion could bring new air routes to Dundee

Pub­lic let­ter shows Scot­tish sup­port for Heathrow project

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - BUSINESS - GRA­HAM HUBAND BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR

The multi-bil­lion-pound ex­pan­sion of Heathrow Air­port could lead to new flights into Dundee.

Re­gional op­er­a­tor Flybe has in­di­cated it would look at re-es­tab­lish­ing his­toric links to the city’s air­field if Heathrow’s third run­way de­vel­op­ment is given the go-ahead.

The £14 bil­lion Heathrow pro­posal se­cured the back­ing of the UK Gov­ern­ment ear­lier this month but it still faces a cru­cial par­lia­men­tary vote.

Mean­while, a pub­lic let­ter, signed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 40 re­gional hubs in­clud­ing Dundee Air­port man­ager Derrick Lang and Inglis Lyon, manag­ing direc­tor of the River­side air­field’s par­ent group HIAL, has now been re­leased calling for the de­vel­op­ment to be given the green light.

It states: “As op­er­a­tors of air­ports, we un­der­stand avi­a­tion eco­nomics and we un­der­stand that Heathrow ex­pan­sion is the right choice for our strate­gic growth.

“Hub air­ports are proven to be the most ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle for ca­pac­ity growth, and growth more broadly in the avi­a­tion sec­tor.”

Busi­ness lead­ers have also pro­vided sup­port for the Heathrow pro­pos­als.

Scot­tish Cham­bers of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Cameron, said: “Now is the time for Par­lia­ment to demon­strate the UK is open for busi­ness.

“Ex­pand­ing UK’S avi­a­tion ca­pac­ity by giv­ing the thumbs-up for Heathrow’s third run­way is crit­i­cal in boost­ing our po­si­tion in the global econ­omy, and will pro­vide much-needed con­fi­dence to in­ter­na­tional investors and our trading al­lies.

“Scot­land’s busi­ness com­mu­nity will look to MPS to ‘green light’ this vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture project, un­lock­ing eco­nomic growth and jobs cre­ation in Scot­land and the UK.”

Now is the time for Par­lia­ment to demon­strate the UK is open for busi­ness LIZ CAMERON, CEO, SCC

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