London Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate is visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh this week to promote greater connectivity between Scotland and London and explain how expanding Gatwick can be better for the Scottish economy.
Stewart will announce a new study into airport expansion and Scottish connectivity to an audience of business leaders assembled at the Glasgow Chambers of Commerce. The study, commissioned through Inverness-based Northpoint Aviation, will carefully consider levels of access and demand today, learn from best practice around other European countries and assess the impact of a second runway at Gatwick on Scotland’s connectivity to London and the world.
Gatwick airport will come back to Scotland to present its findings and seek more views in due course.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: “The debate over airport expansion in the South East is not just about what is good for London, it is about delivering economic benefits, more affordable travel and greater connectivity for passengers throughout the UK. Scotland is very important to Gatwick and our planned expansion will protect competition and deliver cheaper travel to more destinations for the people of Scotland.”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted that the Chief Executive of London Gatwick has come to Glasgow to listen to the views of our members. Access to London is vital for the businesses we represent and for the success of the local and national economies and Stewart has recognised that today. We are working hard to ensure that capacity constraints in the south east don’t limit our future ability to access such vital national and international markets and in the short term this remains an issue.”