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Leeds-Bradford Airport

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 6642, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of flights from Leeds-Bradford Airport of the expansion of (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) neither airport.

Answered on

21 July 2015

To ensure our long term connectivity needs can be met, the previous Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation. Three options for expansion were shortlisted by the Commission for further examination.

The Airports Commission has discussed and consulted on how airports outside the South East might be affected by expansion at the shortlisted expansion options. The relevant documents can be found on the Airports Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission

The Commission’s final report was published on 01 July 2015. The Government will not be commenting on the any of the Airports Commission’s recommendations until it has had time to examine all the evidence.