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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

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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.

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.

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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

Newcastle Airport 'in favour' of Heathrow expansion

Summer check in at Newcastle Airport Credit: Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport say they are 'absolutely' still in favour of the expansion of Heathrow Airport - with a link to the capital vital for business and tourism.

They're expected to comment further when the official announcement is made on whether Heathrow or Gatwick will be given the go-ahead for a new runway.

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