Britain's smaller airports have been disproportionately damaged by recent policy, making nonsense of the Government's intentions according to an influential group of MPs. A study just published by the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), says that the closure and partial closure of airports such as Plymouth wastes capital investment, disperses staff, and impoverishes local areas. The Group, led by Grant Shapps MP comprises 42 MPs including Oliver Colvile and emphasises the importance of Britain's infrastructure to the country's economic growth.
The report, called 'Gate Now Closing', says that Britain's smaller airports provide 60% of the country's airport capacity and are important as feeders for hub airports and beacons for local investment and employment. While it acknowledges successive governments have invested in roads, railway lines the report is concerned that smaller airports have been hit by government policy and are at risk of closing.
Among BIG's recommendations are that regulation should be more friendly towards smaller airports; funding for start up and outlying routes should be improved; and that the development of enterprise zones around airports should be fast tracked.
Download the full report online: BIG: Gate Now Closing