9 JUNE 2014


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Article from BTNews 9 JUNE 2014

Heathrow attracts

The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) has issued a report from a survey of more than 1,000 respondents living outside of Greater London and the South East, all of whom fly on business at least three times a year to international destinations.

When asked if Heathrow were to have a greater range of destinations then more than a third (34%) said that they would switch from using a non-UK hub to Heathrow. 

Speaking at the GTMC annual overseas conference in Marrakesh Chief Executive Paul Wait said:
“The message from regional business travellers is clear.  Huge numbers of them are not flying from their closest regional airport or via a UK hub such as Heathrow as they simply don’t offer routes to the destinations they require.  With no more capacity to increase the number of routes or their frequency many opt to connect to their final destination via more well serviced foreign hubs such as Amsterdam’s Schipol or Paris’ Charles de Gaulle. The UK economy therefore risks continuing to lose out.”
“We strongly encourage the Government and Davies Commission decision makers to look at our hub capacity and ensure that regional business travellers are provided with the range of destinations served from the UK to where they want to do business.”  www.gtmc.org

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