Regional Airports

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Scottish National Party, Dundee West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount of Regional Air Connectivity funding that will be made available in each of the next three years.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

There is currently £20 million annually available for the next three years from the Regional Air Connectivity Fund. The Government has already provided £3.4 million to support both the Dundee to London Stansted route and the Newquay to Gatwick route through public service obligations in 2014/15 and 2015/16 and has committed a further £2million over this and the next three financial years to support these routes.

In addition to this the Government undertook earlier this year an initial application stage for airlines to bid for start-up aid funding. The Government will announce after the July Budget how we will take this forward.

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John Byng
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 11:44 am (Report this annotation)

The Government could give a considerable boost to Regional Airports by refusing to allow a new runway to be built in the South East. Whether built at Heathrow or at Gatwick a new runway would take business away from the Regional Airports that could be establishing direct holiday routes for their local populations. Already 25% of Heathrow's domestic passengers come from outside the South East and for Gatwick it is 20%. Those passengers are being forced to drive considerable distances to catch flights that could be provided locally. Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow airports have masses of spare capacity and enabling them to use that capacity would contribute to regional development. A new runway in the South East would be damaging to the Northern Powerhouse concept and to regional development generally. No More Runways.