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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04005: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 25 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of an expanded Heathrow Airport would be on Scotland.

Answered by: Keith Brown 2 November 2016

The impact on Scotland will be determined by how airlines and passengers respond to increased capacity being available. Potentially, airports with no service or limited services to London Heathrow could benefit, with wider benefits for Scotland from improved connectivity for business and new opportunities for inbound tourism.

Expansion at Heathrow offers strong incentives for all of Scotland including the creation of up to 16,000 new jobs and a minimum of £200 million construction-related spend during planning and construction. There is also the potential for the establishment of a new supply chain hub at Glasgow Prestwick Airport to support the building of the third runway.