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Glasgow Airport responds to Airports Commission

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In its formal response to the Airports Commission, Glasgow Airport has pledged its support for the expansion of London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

In its response to the Airports Commission’s consultation on long term capacity options for the UK, the airport outlined the important role the UK’s only hub airport plays in supporting Scotland’s connectivity.

Glasgow Airport will actively seek to secure direct links with hub airports throughout Europe and beyond. However, Scotland’s population is of a size which means it can only ever sustain a certain number of direct flights.

Long haul connectivity in the UK is dominated by LHR which plays an important role in supporting Scotland’s connectivity. As the UK’s only hub, LHR offers the greatest number of onward connections and frequency of feeder services. It serves 75 destinations that cannot be reached from any other airport.

The issue of increased competition for slots at LHR poses a very real threat to Scotland’s connectivity. With LHR operating at 99% capacity, there is a danger airlines will opt to serve more profitable long haul routes at the expense of vital domestic routes.

Glasgow Airport’s recommendations include:

  • If Scotland is to remain competitive, its connectivity with the UK’s only hub cannot be further eroded. It must be maintained and, where possible, enhanced.
  • Glasgow Airport supports expansion at LHR and the protection of the UK’s only hub. An expanded LHR must deliver further access for Glasgow and Scotland.

The Airports Commission is examining how airport capacity can be expanded to improve links to the rest of the world for businesses and travellers from all the countries and regions of the UK.

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