From next year a hub connection between Heathrow and Liverpool Airport could be on the cards.
The link will see passengers from Liverpool fly via Heathrow for access to their huge global flight range.
The move would be a huge boost to the Merseyside economy through the five new routes between the two airports.
The news was announced as part of the Heathrow’s commitments to future aviation as it bids for expansion, and could be in place as early as January next year. Heathrow is currently battling it out against Gatwick Airport for permission to expand. The Government will decide after the general election, from advice complied by the Airports Commission.
Domestic routes have suffered due to the air capacity crisis in the South East, with airlines cancelling their domestic routes in favour of more profitable and desirable long haul routes. As a result, the 18 routes operating at Heathrow in 1990 has fallen to just 7 in 2015, which Liverpool’s links being axed two years ago.
Speaking about the possible future links to Liverpool, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Chief Executive, said, “We’re ready to connect Liverpool to global growth. We have been listening to businesses, politicians and now to the National Connectivity Task Force, and today’s announcement shows that we have a plan to deliver what Britain needs.“
Whilst Andrew Cornish, Liverpool Airport’s Chief Executive, Andrew Cornish, said, “For too long Liverpool has been cut off from the nation’s hub airport. Expansion at Heathrow, alongside the commitments that have been made today, will boost our chances of securing a vital link through Heathrow to emerging and established growth markets around the world. Airports are key economic drivers for the UK’s regions and it’s time we were given permission to unleash our full potential. An expanded Heathrow will mean more jobs and stronger growth for Liverpool and its surrounds and ensure our community is connected to opportunities around the world.”