The Scottish Government has today (Oct 10) given its support for plans to build a third runway at London Heathrow Airport.

The announcement comes after the airport and the Scottish government signed a Memorandum of Understanding which includes several key pledges by Heathrow, one of which is the creation of 16,000 new jobs across Scotland coming from the new capacity. Heathrow will also work with the Scottish Government to investigate Glasgow Prestwick Airport as a potential site for a logistics hub to support the building of the third runway as well as £200m of construction-related spend in Scotland during planning and construction, and from January 2017 there will be a reduction of £10 per passenger on landing charges paid by airlines operating services from Heathrow to Scotland.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport, welcomed the news, saying: “An expanded Heathrow would create up to 16,000 jobs in Scotland. It would facilitate more airlines flying routes to Scottish airports, meaning more flights, more competition and choice for families and businesses across the nation. That also means more visitors to Scotland, more destinations for Scottish tourists and more opportunity for Scottish businesses to reach new export markets.
“This partnership demonstrates how Heathrow expansion can work for every region and nation of the UK. Now is the time for the UK Government to make the right choice and back Heathrow.”