Committee inquire into an air transport strategy for Northern Ireland

23 March 2012

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee today launches an inquiry into an air transport strategy for Northern Ireland.

Information released by the NI Chamber of Commerce and BAA on 14 February 2012 stated that:

  • One in ten jobs in Northern Ireland depend on foreign investment, and half of those companies can only reach their home market through a hub airport;
  • Aviation supports £1bn of exports from Northern Ireland;
  • Foreign tourists spend £195m a year in Northern Ireland and account for 360,000 visits – 150,000 of whom arrive by air; and
  • Northern Ireland benefits directly from having a global hub in Britain, with Heathrow directly supporting 1,000 tourism jobs and 900 airport jobs in Northern Ireland.

The Committee welcomes submissions on all aspects of the matter, in particular:

  • the implications of current air links for Northern Ireland, specifically the  economy;
  • regional and international connectivity;
  • the lack of public transport links to, and between, Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry airports;
  • the implications for Northern Ireland of the Civil Aviation Bill;
  • the implications of the proposed takeover of BMI by IAG; and
  • tax policy.

The Committee invites any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence in accordance with the guidelines stated below. Each submission should:

  • Be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • Have numbered paragraphs; and
  • Be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible. Please do not send PDFs.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to marked "An air transport strategy for NI" and should arrive by Monday 16 April 2012.

If you wish to submit a paper copy, in addition to the electronic version, it should be sent to:

The Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

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