FlyPlymouth has welcomed the appointment of Lord Adonis as head of the new National Infrastructure Commission by the Chancellor George Osborne. As part of this the government will bring forward sales of land, buildings and other assets the government bought or built, raising up to £5 billion over the course of this Parliament. The funds from these sales will be recycled to help fund new infrastructure projects.
Lord Adonis, former transport secretary under the previous Labour government visited the Airport as part of his visit to Plymouth in May 2015.
Whilst at the airport Lord Adonis said."I think we should work with FlyPlymouth to see what's possible. Plymouth desperately needs improved connections. There is a role for improved air connections and we need much faster rail journey times between Plymouth and London."
Raoul Witherall, Chief Executive of FlyPlymouth shared "It's clear Lord Adonis has an appreciation for the challenges Plymouth has in connecting with London and other major cities. A reopened airport will more than half the connection times to the capital and that can only be good for attracting inward investment and creating jobs. We are delighted with his appointment".
The future of Plymouth Airport has been a hot topic in the City since its closure generating one of the largest petitions to the local authority in the history of the Plymouth.
It's not just a local issue however, in the March budget, George Osborne announced a review into the airport by the Department for Transport.
On the review, Mr Witherall commented "We are optimistic about the review as it will bring clarity for the airport and evidence the value the airport adds to the City. We are actively working with the Department for Transport and look forward to the publishing of their findings in December".
Editors Note:  At the time of Lord Adonis' quote FlyPlymouth was operating under the name of Viable. The quote has been adapted to reflect the rebranding.