PLANS to merge two of Britain’s biggest airports have been questioned in the North East.
Newcastle International bosses spoke out after hearing the Department of Transport was considering a linked hub for Heathrow and Gatwick, under the code name Heathwick.
Graeme Mason, planning and corporate affairs director at Newcastle Airport, also urged the Government to instead use the money to boost regional airport traffic.
“We were surprised to read about the proposal to merge London Heathrow and Gatwick airports”, he said.
“Both airports are operating near capacity and by separate companies.
“Where will the extra capacity come from to create this new hub? How will it benefit the rest of the UK?”
He added: “We urge the Government to look at creative solutions to make best use of the infrastructure we already have, and to support the re-balancing of the UK economy.
“That would truly deliver ‘better not bigger’ airports, not just for London but for the rest of the UK as a whole.
“If the Government is serious about truly re-balancing the economy, then decisive action is needed on behalf of the tens of millions of passengers that fly from our airports.”