8 DECEMBER 2014
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Northolt is making steady progress as a short-term remedy for the UK’s regions London gateway crisis.
With its existing rail connection to the centre of town, and quick access to both Heathrow T5 and the central area the airport could return to scheduled airline use within 12 months of a go-ahead. Promoters of the airport say it would complement London City (west as against east). Heathrow now only serves seven domestic points as against more than 20 in previous times and with both the country's road and rail infrastructure under great strain Northolt is gaining momentum as the only realistic solution to the regions London connection difficulties. Noise is not considered a problem, or air traffic conflictions, nor civil movements.
Now established at London City, Flybe has clearly Northolt in focus as it develops new routes out of London following its recent entry into City Airport.
Britain’s largest regional airline has highlighted Northolt in written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee saying said “there is a need for early wins” in freeing up flight slots before the government of the day decides on its next move following the report of the Aviation Commission, probably next July. www.londoncityairport.com/aboutandcorporate/page/northoltjetcentre www.raf.mod.uk/rafnortholt
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