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Cat McKinnell MP backs Heathrow expansion

Catherine McKinnell MP, whose constituency includes Newcastle International Airport, is backing the expansion at Heathrow. The Newcastle North MP says strong links to London can only support the region's exporting of goods.

Catherine McKinnell MP Credit: ITV

"We know we have a big challenge in our region, we're a next exporting region, we sell more than we buy in, and we need to protect that, safeguard it and grow it, especially as we're moving into a new world outside of the European Union. Newcastle Airport is a huge, vital part of getting our goods and services and people out there, on holiday and selling their goods and services, and the Government I think very much recognise that, by coming to the North East to recognise the important part aviation and Newcastle Airport plays in our regional economy."

– Catherine McKinnell MP | MP for Newcastle North

Heathrow expansion 'great news for the North East'

The Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport says the Heathrow expansion is great news for the region. Graeme Mason told ITV News Tyne Tees it's about connecting flights and where you can travel to from there.

Will Heathrow expansion affect ticket prices?

There's work to be done to ensure Heathrow's expansion costs are not passed down to the customer, admits the Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport.

There will be a £10 discount, however, for flights from regions like Newcastle from January 2017. Graeme Mason says he hopes this is something that can continue.

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Secretary of State for Transport to visit Newcastle Airport

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Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is to visit Newcastle Airport.

It comes a day after he announced a third runway at Heathrow is the Government’s preferred option to increase the UK’s airport capacity.

He'll meet with Newcastle International Airport’s interim Chief Executive Nick Jones and South Tyneside Council leader Ian Malcolm to discuss the decision and the benefits it will bring for the whole

It's thought a third runway at Heathrow could also see the re-introduction of the Durham Tees Valley to London route.

NECC 'welcome' decision to grant third runway at Heathrow

Newcastle Airport Credit: Newcastle Airport

North East England Chamber of Commerce has today welcomed the Government’s decision to back a new runway at Heathrow Airport.

“We are absolutely delighted with the Government’s decision to move forward with expansion at Heathrow Airport. This long-awaited conclusion is a welcome one for North East England and the whole of the UK.

“As a Chamber representing 4,000 business members we have been staunch advocates of Heathrow expansion as the right option to ensure North East businesses continue to enjoy the access they need to markets around the world.

“We would now urge MPs to support this positive decision as the National Policy Statement is brought forward.

“North East England is a globally-facing, exporting region and access to the UK’s international hub airport is a vital part of that success.

“We currently enjoy excellent connectivity to Heathrow via Newcastle International Airport and the potential for a new route to Durham Tees Valley is great news.

“A green light for airport expansion allows our businesses to make investment plans safe in the knowledge that our region’s connection to Heathrow is secure and that it has the capacity needed to support future economic growth.

– Chamber Chief Executive James Ramsbotham

Could Durham Tees Valley to London route re-open after Heathrow decision?

A plane flies over homes near Heathrow Credit: PA

A third runway at Heathrow airport has been given the go-ahead, the Government has confirmed.

It could see a return of the London to Durham Tees Valley route - according to the Government's official release on the decision.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it was the "best option" for post-Brexit Britain.

The other shortlisted options - to extend an existing runway at Heathrow or build a second runway at Gatwick - were rejected in favour of a decision that will see more than 780 homes demolished in west London.

Fierce opponents of Heathrow expansion within Cabinet, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening, will both speak out at the decision after being cleared by Mrs May to air their dissent.

The Government announcement ends more than a year of uncertainty since the Davies Commission came out in favour of Heathrow's third runway.

A public consultation will be held on the impact of the expansion before the final decision is put to MPs for a vote in the winter of 2017/18, with the runway unlikely to be in use before 2025.

A third runway will also support new connections to the UK’s regions as well as safeguarding existing domestic routes.

Heathrow has proposed a further 6 new routes to Belfast International, Liverpool, Newquay, Humberside, Prestwick and Durham Tees Valley to be added after expansion.

The 8 existing routes offered today are: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds Bradford. This would provide 14 domestic routes in total, and spread benefits right across the country.

Government will also take all necessary steps including, where appropriate, ring-fencing a suitable proportion of new slots for domestic routes, to ensure enhanced connectivity within the UK.

– Government statement

Friends of the Earth have 'slammed' the decision.

Today’s government decision to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow airport “makes a complete mockery of government commitments to tackle climate change”

– Friends of the Earth.
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