IoD Scotland writes to British Airways chairman about Aberdeen to London City flights
17/07/14 11:10 Filed in: Client news
The executive director of IoD Scotland, David Watt has written to Keith Williams, executive chairman of British Airways, to ask the airline to reconsider its decision to cease flights from Aberdeen International Airport to London City Airport.
In his letter David Watt points out the economic importance of the route to the UK economy:
“At a time when we are seeking to underpin Aberdeen’s position as a global energy centre through enhanced flight connections, this decision is particularly disappointing.
“The Prime Minister has rightly recognised the significance of this link for the UK oil and gas industry. These flights serve a real need for an efficient link between oil and gas industry centres in the Aberdeen area and offices in central London.”
“Good air links were one of the reasons the oil and gas industry located in Aberdeen and they remain critical to its continued success.
“I would also be keen to hear your thinking behind the decision to cut the route between the UK’s two most economically successful cities, and indeed onward to other destinations.”
Mr Watt concludes his letter by expressing the hope that British Airways will review the decision to stop flights on the London City route or enable another operator to take over the service.
Commenting on the reasons for his letter, David Watt says:
“Air routes are key to the economy and our economic hubs like Aberdeen must have links to cities like London and beyond”