Let our regional airports take flight for the future

IT is time we made greater use of regional airports to provide air passengers to the south east of England an easier flight time experience; and also to allow the business community to fly direct to the thriving BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, Dubai and the rapid growth markets in south east Asia and win lucrative contracts and attract inward investment.

We need the Government to start looking at improving the already greatly stretched transport infrastructure around some of these airports so that greater capacity does not lead to log-jam in the areas near the airports.

The future economic success of the south east is linked to having 21st century transport infrastructure that will see investors from the across the globe taking direct flights to cities all over the south east.

We must therefore encourage regional airports to look at how they can share extra airline traffic because airports within the south east will be more or less full by 2030. We must think about how we meet this long-term capacity challenge.

Please send me your views on this issues to richard.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu.

RICHARD ASHWORTH

Conservative MEP for the South East

WIB 6M 105

European Parliament

Rue Wiertz

Brussels B 1047

Belgium