In its submission to the Commission, the GTMC calls for greater connectivity between the UK regions and a Heathrow hub with increased capacity, citing survey findings which revealed the country’s economy is missing out on air travel investment from the North of England as growing numbers of business travellers choose foreign hubs over Heathrow due to poor connectivity.
The GTMC put forth its submission to the Airports Commission and is sharing its survey data with other government decision and policy makers with the objective in mind of encouraging expansion at key UK international airports in order to improve capacity and ensure that the UK maintains its position as a leading country to do business. Specifically the submission highlights the following factors influencing business travel demand for domestic air connectivity between London and the UK regions:
Regional economies, schedules, networks, competitors, rail impact and APD.
Tasked with examining the need for additional UK airport capacity, the Commission has sought the viewpoints of both private citizens and public companies as part of the consultative process prior to publishing its findings and recommendations in summer 2015.