Heathrow Third Runway Looks More Likely After Scottish Government Backing

  • Date: 10/10/16
  • Michael Wilkinson, The Daily Telegraph

A third runway at Heathrow has become more likely ahead of a decision by ministers next week after the Scottish Government backed the plan.

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A third runway at Heathrow could get the go ahead by ministers

Ministers claimed expanding the west London hub will provide a number of benefits for Scotland, including new jobs and more flights.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown insisted that building an extra runway at Heathrow rather than Gatwick would be “the best deal for Scotland”.

In the absence of action from the UK Government, we have made this decision and we would urge them to act as quickly as possibleKeith Brown, Scottish economy secretary

He said the proposal from Heathrow would lead to the creation of 16,000 new jobs in Scotland and a reduction in landing charges paid by airlines operating services from Heathrow to Scotland.

The plan could also see Glasgow Prestwick Airport used as a logistics hub for the construction of a third runway, and the potential for a “substantial increase” in direct flights between Heathrow and Scotland.

Mr Brown told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “In the absence of action from the UK Government, we have made this decision and we would urge them to act as quickly as possible.”

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed last week that the UK Government would “shortly announce” a decision on which airport expansion project will get the go ahead.

The Davies Commission recommended in July last year that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. Other shortlisted options are extending the airport’s existing northern runway or building a second runway at Gatwick.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye claimed a third runway would “work for every region” of the UK.

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