“The National Connectivity Task Force, with its truly representative membership, its focused research and its relentless drive for objectivity, has provided a fit for purpose platform to convey the views of all parts of the UK. Access to and through a UK hub is critically important for the future of economies outside as well as in London and the outcome of the NCTF’s work over the past 6 months or so provides the evidence to support this.”Suzanne Bond, Chief Executive, Cornwall Development Company. NCTF Regional Representative for the South West.
“Effective and efficient regional connectivity will allow Wales' small businesses access to worldwide markets but it will also allow customers from across the globe to experience what Wales, from coast to coast and from mountain to valley as a destination rich in culture and outstanding beauty, has to offer.”Iestyn Davies, Head of External Relations, Federation of Small Businesses (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). NCTF Regional Representative for Wales.
“Tourism to the UK is dominated by London, thanks to the city’s global appeal, but also because of its excellent air connectivity. A single hub airport, with multiple onward connections to other UK airports is essential if all our nations and regions are to benefit from inbound tourism growth, especially from long haul markets.”Sandie Dawe, Former Chief Executive of Visit Britain; Trustee Heritage Lottery Fund; Board Member London & Partners. NCTF Representative.
“Britain needs to upgrade its Aviation Hub Infrastructure. The evidence is clear – doing nothing is not an option if we want to grow the economy and the national skill base. Competing overseas hubs have benefited from the lack of progress here in Britain. And the attendant jobs have moved elsewhere. It’s time to reverse the decline by investing here at home and reinvigorating one of Britain’s traditional strengths.”Sir Rod Eddington, Non Executive Chairman of JP Morgan Lion (Australia & New Zealand), former Chairman of Infrastructure Australia and former CEO, British Airways. NCTF Representative.
“Good national and international connectivity is of paramount importance for unlocking private sector growth potential and for driving regional economic development. Through the National Connectivity Task Force we have been able to move beyond a UK plc. narrative around runway expansion to a more granular level of detail and ask “so what” for regions? The answer is a wealth of opportunities for regions and businesses to be better connected than they are now to existing and emergent global markets.” Dan Fell, Deputy Chief Executive, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce. NCTF Regional Representative for the North East and Yorkshire.
“For Northern Ireland to grow its Tourism, Inward Investments and Exports, regional connectivity to a UK Hub Airport that can provide access to international markets is vital.”Doreen McKenzie, Chief Executive of Knock Travel and Board Member at ABTA. NCTF Regional Representative for Northern Ireland.
“Scotland embraces the world and the world embraces Scotland, so air connectivity matters”Derick Murray, Director, Nestrans. NCTF Regional Representative for Scotland.
“Reinstating flights from Liverpool to London is long overdue and fundamental to helping us attract new business, so for the Liverpool City Region economy, airports expansion cannot come a moment too soon. Development of a UK Hub with additional runway capacity will ensure that connectivity for the future.”Jenny Stewart, Chief Executive, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. NCTF Regional Representative for the North West and Cumbria.