It has been widely reported that a decision on expansion of runway capacity in South East England will be delayed into 2016 while further studies into environmental effects are evaluated. This clearly demonstrates the difficulties of developing new runways and demonstrates the wisdom of Plymouth City Council's policy to safeguard Plymouth Airport for aviation use in the Plymouth Plan.
FlyPlymouth's plans are not affected by the issue of runway capacity in the South East. London is just one of the routes that we plan to operate from Plymouth and while connections to Heathrow would be desirable we haven't assumed they will happen for at least 10 years. Plymouth could benefit significantly from flights to and from an inter-continental hub airport and we would like to deliver this as soon as possible irrespective of any decision on new runway capacity in South East England.