Some £200M of construction related money will be spent in Scotland if Heathrow gets the go-ahead for a third runway, under a new deal between the airport and the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has given its support to the plans for the airport’s expansion, after it secured a number of commitments in terms of jobs and investment.
The commitments include £200M of construction-related spend in Scotland during planning and construction. Heathrow will also work with the Scottish Government to investigate Glasgow Prestwick Airport as a potential site for a logistics hub to support the building of the third runway.
A procurement event in Glasgow will be held to boost opportunities for Scottish firms to win business with tier one Heathrow suppliers.
Across Scotland, the government said 16,000 jobs will be created from the new capacity.
“We have been clear from the start of this process that we wanted the best deal for Scotland and building a third runway at Heathrow provides the most significant benefits to the country’s economy and connectivity,” said the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown.
“We have engaged extensively with both airports during this process and considered all options very carefully. Gatwick’s proposals are also to be commended.
“However, Heathrow’s plan offers significant job creation, major investment opportunities and, crucially, seeks to address how all of Scotland’s airports benefit from the new runway capacity when it comes and also in the lead-up period.
“The potential for a logistics hub to be based at Glasgow Prestwick Airport is also an important part of the Heathrow offer. It would support the pre-fabrication of components for the construction phase, with potential for future work beyond the launch of the third runway, bringing strong economic benefits to the airport and the wider Ayrshire economy.”
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye added: “An expanded Heathrow would create up to 16,000 jobs in Scotland. It would facilitate more airlines flying routes to Scottish airports, meaning more flights, more competition and choice for families and businesses across the nation. That also means more visitors to Scotland, more destinations for Scottish tourists and more opportunity for Scottish businesses to reach new export markets.
“This partnership demonstrates how Heathrow expansion can work for every region and nation of the UK. Now is the time for the UK Government to make the right choice and back Heathrow.”
A decision on South East airport capacity is expected imminently.