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Economic analysis, based on the independent Airports Commission’s conclusions, shows expanding Heathrow would create up to 16,000 new jobs in Scotland and deliver up to £17bn in economic growth*, benefitting people across the nation. That’s why the Scottish Government decided to back Heathrow as its preferred location for a new runway.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Heathrow expansion can create a stronger Scotland.

Connectivity case study, Loch Ness by Jacobite

  • As the longest-running cruise company on Loch Ness, Jacobite has given UK and international visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive Nessie for more than 40 years
  • In May 2016, British Airways’ new daily air service reconnected Inverness with the UK’s only hub airport
  • This has meant 104,000 new seats to Inverness a year, helping more international passengers connect to the area and providing new access to long- haul connections from Heathrow for Inverness passengers
  • In just four months, Jacobite, saw a 12 per cent jump in visitors. Of those, 7 per cent came from new tourist markets in Asia and regular long-haul travellers from North America

A link between Heathrow and Inverness has been the boost that the Highlands and Islands needed to build on Scotland’s natural strengths and capitalise on the international appeal that our region holds. It is from a direct link to a Hub airport – where passengers can easily transfer from around the world – that this 12% jump in visitors has occurred to benefit the Scottish regions and economy and I hope it will encourage more links to Scotland from an expanded Heathrow in the future.

Freda Newton, Loch Ness by Jacobite Managing Director

Boosting Scotland’s exports

Heathrow is already the UK’s biggest port by value for trade outside the EU and Switzerland, handling 34% of all UK trade (by value) and connecting Scottish exporters to markets across the globe. Last year we handled 35,000 tonnes of salmon, a major Scottish export, worth £223m to UK economy.

An expanded Heathrow will double our cargo capacity, creating new export opportunities for businesses across Scotland, both large and small, and helping to boost Scotland’s trading potential. As we expand we will create up to 40 new long-haul routes, giving Scottish businesses the opportunity to reach out to new markets and trade with the world.

Connecting Scotland to the global marketplace

Today, Heathrow supports domestic routes to four cities across Scotland: Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. As part of expansion we are working with the Scottish Government to protect these routes and to potentially add new domestic flights to connect other cities across Scotland, such as Dundee, with a £10m route development fund.

This will allow businesses, from the smallest SME to the largest exporter, to capitalise on Heathrow’s increased cargo capacity and new long-haul connections.

Creating lasting skills and supply opportunities

Delivering Heathrow expansion is a major infrastructure project that will rely on talent from across Scotland. As agreed in our Memorandum of Understanding with the Scottish Government, we will work with the Scottish Government to locate a new Supply Chain Hub in Scotland where materials for Heathrow’s new runway will be pre-assembled, creating employment and growth opportunities.

This will give more SMEs across Scotland access to Heathrow’s supply chain and the opportunity to be involved in the construction of the new runway.

*Source: Regional Distribution of Employment and Economic Impacts (QUOD)