The Scottish government has announced support for the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
Scottish ministers believe a third runway at Heathrow offers significant strategic and economic benefits for Scotland, including up to 16,000 new jobs.
The BBC reports that Heathrow Airport and the Scottish government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding later committing to spend £200m on construction in Scotland, and to investigate Prestwick Airport as a potential site for a logistics hub.
The Scottish Government said that Heathrow’s plans offered the best benefits for all of Scotland’s airports and the scottish economy.
Welcoming the Scottish Government’s endorsement, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “An expanded Heathrow would create up to 16,000 jobs in Scotland. It would facilitate more airlines flying routes to Scottish airports, meaning more flights, more competition and choice for families and businesses across the nation. That also means more visitors to Scotland, more destinations for Scottish tourists and more opportunity for Scottish businesses to reach new export markets.
“This partnership demonstrates how Heathrow expansion can work for every region and nation of the UK. Now is the time for the UK Government to make the right choice and back Heathrow.”
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the Government’s decision very soon.