HIAL reaction to Heathrow runway delay

Regional airport boss says Heathrow delay is “hugely disappointing”

The UK’s Government move to delay a decision on whether to build a third runway at London Heathrow – in line with the recommendation of the Airports Commission – is hugely disappointing according to the head of regional airport operator HIAL.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, said: “The Airports Commission reached a very clear conclusion earlier this year – one we shared – that the UK needs a third runway at Heathrow. I had hoped for a definitive decision this year so that we could begin to make progress.  The delay announced by the UK Government is therefore hugely disappointing.

“Inverness has recently secured a new Heathrow link after building a successful business case, but other regions of the UK have not been so lucky. I fully understand the planning and environmental challenges associated with building a third runway at Heathrow, but I have serious concerns about any further delay given the significance it has not just for London but for the UK as a whole, and particularly for the regions.

“The UK is falling behind other European and Gulf countries and, unless we act now, it risks losing its long held status as the world’s aviation hub, and regional airports will continue to be squeezed out of Heathrow.”