The British Chambers of Commerce ("BCC") and Heathrow
Airport released a joint press release this morning (26 January
2012) detailing the results of their research with business leaders
in high growth and emerging economies (Brazil, China, India, South
Korea, and Mexico). Click here for link to press release.
The research to which they refer shows the importance of direct
flight connections between business leaders' home countries and
those countries with whom they are likely to do business with. The
press release states that 80% of those surveyed said they would
trade more with the UK if flight connections were improved to their
This vindicates the position of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
and other stakeholders in seeking to help promote direct flights to
Glasgow Airport. (Click here for the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
Connect to Compete – transport priorities document).
To the extent that the Glasgow and wider Scottish economy
remains reliant upon international air connectivity through London
airports, we need sufficient capacity with convenient timing for
Last year saw the withdrawal of the BMI service from Glasgow to
Heathrow. Now only BA provides flights to Heathrow. This leaves
Glasgow vulnerable to being isolated from Heathrow if BA is
affected by any issues, as they have been in recent years through
The research emphasises how off putting to business a lack of
direct flights can be. If (in the absence of direct flights)
suitable services to feed to Heathrow are not available then
Glasgow should seek to build and maintain connections with other
European hub airports.
Business and other passengers, and hence the market will
gravitate towards carriers and hubs that can provide the
connections modern business requires.
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