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38 other UK airports support Heathrow expansion

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38 regional airports now support expansion at Heathrow after the Regional and Business Airports group have written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP calling for expansion at Heathrow to help better domestic connections. The group of airports also called out opponents of expansion at Heathrow for misrepresenting the findings of the Airports Commission regarding domestic connections.

The group, the Regional and Business Aiports (RABA) made up of 32 airports, cited that demand to Heathrow from their areas often exists “in abundance, but the only barrier to an economically transformative connection is the lack of runway slots at Heathrow”. This takes the number of other UK airports supporting Heathrow up to 38.

In the letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, RABA Chairman John Spooner said politicians should “be guided what is in the national interest, which in this instance is crystal clear: a bigger Heathrow and a better connected Britain“.

Which airports make up RABA?

Airports from across the UK make up RABA, including the soon to be reconnected – Inverness. The full list includes:

  • Cardiff
  • Norwich
  • Inverness
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey
  • Alderney
  • Lands End
  • Newquay Cornwall
  • Exeter
  • Biggin Hill
  • Lydd
  • London Southend
  • Gloucestershire
  • Coventry
  • Humberside
  • Carlisle
  • Durham Tees Valley
  • Doncaster Sheffield
  • Blackpool
  • Isle of Man
  • City of Derry
  • Glasgow Prestwick
  • Barra
  • Benbecula
  • Campbeltown
  • Dundee
  • Islay
  • Kirwall
  • Stornoway
  • Sumburgh
  • Tiree
  • Wick John O’Groats

The other airports supporting expansion

Another 6 UK airports support Heathrow expansion on the grounds that it will better connect their regions to the world.

The airports are Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, Newcastle International, Belfast City, Glasgow and Aberdeen.