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Internal air links in UK being ‘squeezed out’ according to new report

The Let Britain Fly campaign has published a new report, ‘The Importance of Domestic Connectivity: How a new London runway could better connect the regions and nations to the UK’s capital and international markets’.

The report argues that constrained airport capacity in London and the South East has resulted in the ‘squeezing out’ of air links between London and key UK cities in order to accommodate more profitable long-haul routes. Since 1990, the number of domestic destinations served at least weekly from Heathrow Airport has fallen from 19 to 8, a trend which can be observed across all London airports.

It concludes that increasing the number of domestic flights from London by building new runways could boost tourism, trade, investment and attract more international talent to cities right across the UK, in turn creating jobs and growth.

The report is the culmination of a series of roundtable discussions Let Britain Fly held in cities across the UK, including Leeds, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool.

At these events, local business leaders and politicians were clear that there is support from the regions and nations of the UK for airport expansion in London and the South East. But this support is predicated on some of the additional slots generated being used to support more domestic flights.

With the Airports Commission due to deliver its final recommendation this summer, Let Britain Fly is calling on the new Government to make a swift decision on expansion on airport capacity to secure jobs and growth across the country.

Contact: Gavin Hayes, ghayes@londonfirst.co.uk

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