Suffolk Chamber boss John Dugmore renewed the call for business to back Stansted Airport following meetings with its managing director Nick Barton.

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The pair discussed the airport’s role as a key driver for the regional economy as the biggest single site employer in the region.

But with Stansted’s owners BAA likely to be weeks away from a sale of the airport and former FSA boss Sir Howard Davies beginning his aviation review, Mr Dugmore said it was vital to support the airport.

“There is a real danger of Britain falling behind its international rivals when it comes to generating links to emerging markets.” he said. “Stansted has plenty of spare capacity and can grow from its current 18m passengers a year to 35 mon its existing runway. Airlines could relocate from Heathrow to Stansted tomorrow and save millions of pounds in the process.

“There is no doubt the debate around Stansted will continue as new owners move in and the review of aviation policy continues.” John Dugmore continued. “We will ensure that the voice of business continues to be heard and that opportunities for business to come to the East of England is a high priority. That means bringing in more people via Stansted.”

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  • Suffolk secrets.. KLM. serves all global city centres ( and shopping for girlfriend) Schippol is closer to us than Stanstead, 35 minutes.. Time is money in business.. secret is out..

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    Dave01

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • By the way its spelt STANSTED.Many Airlines are reducing there services into the uk and in some cases ceasing them altogether. also many regional airports are suffering even more with reduced services and falling passanger numbers, norwich being a good example compared with several years ago when it reached record numbers. Britain has also lost many of its airlines, a recent example is BRITISH MIDLAND , one of our largest which BRITISH AIRWAYS has swallowed up. unless passenger numbers are expected for a particular route airlines are not going to spend money on a loss making route , norwich being an example. many airlines have tried different scheduled routes from norwich in years gone by but have withdrawn them because of lack of interest and passengers. We have a small population in this region which does not justify investing money in routes which will not be used in great numbers. Unfortunately norwich airport has a limited runway length and old infrastructure and of course limited funds, so i cant see them spending vast sums of money in the short term as its not available. As for stansted , it too has seen many transatlantic airlines come and go and has settled into an airport for low cost carriers , ie RYANAIR AND EASYJET. Most major carriers want to fly to the capitol for the convenience of there passengers and connections, so its difficult trying to ask them to leave HEATHROW OR GATWICK!. Norwich is a small regional airport that has very few services and relies on helicopter operations for a large proportion of there revenue and of course maintenance and spraying by K.L.M and AIR LIVERY. It will never be anymore than that!!.

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    wickobi

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • John, Stanstead is an underused airport. It doesn't go where Suffolk Norfolk businesses go to. We just spent thousands to buy overnight hotels and flights from Gatwick to Glasgow for an event. I'm sure this is replicated across the county. I say invest in Norwich airport, forget Stanstead and Luton. BA to Norwich would be ideal. Stanstead for very cheap holidays not business.

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    Dave01

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • John, Stanstead is an underused airport. It doesn't go where Suffolk Norfolk businesses go to. We just spent thousands to buy overnight hotels and flights from Gatwick to Glasgow for an event. I'm sure this is replicated across the county. I say invest in Norwich airport, forget Stanstead and Luton. BA to Norwich would be ideal. Stanstead for very cheap holidays not business.

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    Dave01

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

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