UK Aviation Strategy

Scottish businesses could boost their exports as the UK Government’s Aviation Strategy is taken forward, thanks to more routes to more destinations and increasing the capacity for freight.  Below are outline plans for how Prestwick and Heathrow airports could improve Scotland’s economy and route network.

The Heathrow expansion project could contribute an estimated £74 billion benefit to passengers and the wider UK economy over 60 years and would deliver at least six more domestic UK flight routes, some of which could be in Scotland.

The Department for Transport will work with the Scottish Government to investigate Glasgow Prestwick Airport as a potential site for a logistics hub to support the building of a potential third runway. We will also look to introduce a significant, long term marketing campaign at Heathrow to promote all that Scotland has to offer.

Heathrow Airport’s commitments to Scotland

These would include:

  • The creation of up to 16,000 new jobs across Scotland from the new capacity
  • £200 million of construction-related spend in Scotland during planning and construction
  • A £10 million route development fund to help support new domestic routes
  • A reduction of £10 per passenger on landing charges paid by airlines operating services from Heathrow to Scotland from January 2017, benefitting existing services from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and incentivising the introduction of new services
  • A significant, long term marketing campaign at Heathrow to promote all that Scotland has to offer
  • A procurement event in Glasgow to enhance opportunities for Scottish firms to win business with Tier 1 Heathrow suppliers
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