Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop today (8th October 2013) hit out at the first interim findings of the Commission set up to look at Airport capacity in the South East for what he called “simply dismissing the case for regional airports”.
In their first report, released today, Commission Chairman Howard Davies, said that the South East of England will need more runway capacity in the years to come, and to reply on existing UK runways would lead to “a distinctly sub-optimal solution”.
In a speech, Sir Howard said that “regional airports are already serving their local markets effectively but it is difficult to see how they can absorb all the excess demand.”
“This is a pure and simple kick in the teeth for Britain’s regional airports, like our own one, Durham Tees Valley. Britain is a small country, and there is no reason why all the eggs and the goodies have to be put into the South East basket.
“DTVA has one of the longest runways in the nation with a location literally minutes away from the A1 and the A19 and a main line railway running past, it has serious potential for air freight as a way of taking pressure off of airports like Heathrow and Gatwick should be obvious to anyone.
“Now we see the man who was supposed to be taking a strategic look at UK airport capacity, dismissing the DVTA case at the very same time that its owners, Peel Airports, are looking to a new application to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for expansion. This is plain crazy, and I would hope Mr Davies thinks again about his interim conclusions.”