Transport written question – answered on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an estimate of the cost to the UK economy of a mainland European airport becoming the hub for UK flights.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Department does not currently hold such data and has no plans to undertake such work.

However Government is determined to maintain the excellent international connectivity the United Kingdoms currently enjoys. For this reason we have established the independent Airports Commission under Sir Howard Davies to develop recommendations for a lasting solution to maintain the United Kingdom's global hub status. As part of its work the Airports Commission will consider the full range of economic issues around hub airport status.

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