Airports: North of England

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 8 December 2015.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to create additional airport capacity in the north of England.

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

It is for individual airports to put forward proposals for capacity expansion, taking careful account of all relevant considerations, particularly economic and environmental impacts. We therefore welcome the investment airports in the north of England are already making to increase capacity and improve terminals and passenger facilities.

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John Byng
Posted on 9 Dec 2015 9:30 pm (Report this annotation)

I hope that Craig Whittaker and the Government realise that any new runway in the South East of England will take even more business away from the Regional airports. Already 25% of Heathrow's passengers come from other regions and for Gatwick it is 20%. These passengers often drive hundreds of miles past several international airports to start their holidays by catching flights at Heathrow or Gatwick. But now that those two airports are full the airlines are being forced to provide holiday flights from local airports. This benefits the economy (better North/South balance), the environment (fewer cars driving south) and the passengers. It would be a great pity to see this development put into reverse. The regional airports have got masses of spare runway capacity so NO MORE RUNWAYS.