SCOTLAND'S Two Main Airports, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Are Squaring Up for a Scrap over Which One Will Be Favoured for Expansion by the British Government

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SCOTLAND'S Two Main Airports, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Are Squaring Up for a Scrap over Which One Will Be Favoured for Expansion by the British Government


SCOTLANDS two main airports, Glasgow and Edinburgh, are squaring up for a scrap over which one will be favoured for expansion by the British government.

Glasgow and Edinburgh rank sixth and seventh respectively in terms of total passenger traffic in the UK, and third and fourth among UK regional airports. Before 11 September, both airports were growing rapidly, demand having a boost from the rapid expansion of no-frills operators such as Go, Ryanair and EasyJet.

Passenger volume is picking up again and growth forecasts point to the need for an expansion of airport capacity to meet this demand.

The number of passenger flights to and from Scotland has doubled during the past decade, reaching 16.2m in 2000 at the countrys five main airports which, in addition to Edinburgh and Glasgow, include Prestwick, near Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland, Aberdeen in the north east and Inverness serving the Highlands. According to the latest UK government forecasts, more than 50m will use Scotlands airports over the next 30 years.

Like stags on the eve of the rutting season, the airports of Edinburgh, on the east coast, and Glasgow, in the west, have begun to lock horns. Edinburgh, the fastest growing of Scotlands airports, has the edge over its rival; but Glasgow intends to press its case on the argument that the west of Scotland produces the majority of the countrys exports and improved direct air links there would ensure that products reach customers in the quickest, most cost-effective way. …

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