Heathrow ex­pan­sion will help Scot­land, say bosses

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JEN­NIFER MCKIERNAN

Scot­tish air­port bosses have called on politi­cians to sup­port the Heathrow ex­pan­sion.

Westminster will vote on pro­pos­als for a third run­way at the Lon­don air­port next month, but op­po­si­tion has strength­ened in re­cent weeks, with some Labour, Lib Dems and Con­ser­va­tives set to vote against the plans.

The Scot­tish Cham­bers of Com­merce have, how­ever, backed the pro­pos­als and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing back­ing ex­pan­sion in 2016.

Aberdeen and In­ver­ness are part of a group of 40 air­ports

“We­be­lieve our­coun­try stand­sto ben­e­fit”

in­cluded in an open let­ter calling for sup­port in the hope the ex­pan­sion will help boost trade and tourism links for Scot­land, un­lock­ing up to 16,100 jobs new jobs across the re­gion.

The let­ter states: “We be­lieve ev­ery cor­ner of our coun­try stands to ben­e­fit from the growth and trade that will stem from links to an ex­panded UK Hub air­port.

“Ex­pan­sion at Heathrow will pro­vide much-needed, long­haul con­nec­tiv­ity to our pas­sen­gers and will dou­ble the cargo ca­pac­ity for the ben­e­fit of UK ex­porters.

“Heathrow has al­ready shown its com­mit­ment to do­mes­tic con­nec­tiv­ity by re­duc­ing its do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger charges by £15 per pas­sen­ger since Jan­uary 2017, in­vest­ing in a £10 mil­lion fund to kick-start do­mes­tic routes and ring-fenc­ing new slots for do­mes­tic use.

“All of us, in ev­ery re­gion and na­tion of the UK, will ben­e­fit from a big­ger hub air­port.”

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