Sir, It is time we made greater use of regional airports to alleviate pressure off Heathrow and Gatwick, and also to allow businesses to fly direct to the thriving BRIC (BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA and CHINA) economies, Dubai and the rapid growth markets in south-east Asia.
We need the government to start looking at improving the already greatly stretched transport infrastructure around some of these airports so that greater capacity does not lead to log-jam in the areas near the airports.
The future economic success of the south-east is linked to having 21st century transport infrastructure that will see investors from the across the globe taking direct flights to cities all over the south-east.
We must therefore encourage regional airports to look at how they can share extra airline traffic because airports within the south east will be more or less full by 2030. We must think about how we meet this long-term capacity challenge.
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Richard Ashworth MEP