Mansfield MP highlighted importance of East Midlands Airport during House of Commons debate
Mansfield MP, Ben Bradley, took part in a debate on the future of regional airports to discuss the importance of East Midlands Airport (EMA) and the role it plays in the region.
Mr Bradley highlighted the “devastating impact” that coronavirus has had on EMA as two thirds of its income comes from short-haul passenger travel.
He emphasised the fact that these flights have not been able to happen over the past 15 months and urged Government to get the flights back in time for Summer.
Mr Bradley also called on Ministers to offer support, to promote regional growth plans for the East Midlands and for the Secretary of State to give certainty to the sector this week when he makes a statement on international travel.
The Minister, Robert Courts MP, said that Ben “had made powerfully clear the importance of East Midlands to his constituency and to his region.”
He then highlighted how regional airports were vital for local communities and would play a key role in levelling up our regions.
Mr Bradley said: “It was a pleasure to speak in this morning’s debate on the Future of Regional Airports and I’m glad the Minister understands the importance of EMA to our region.
“Of course it’s key that Government provides certainty and support to help our regional airports through this difficult time.
"Getting flights back on this summer will make a huge difference, particularly for EMA as this makes up two-thirds of the airport’s income.
"EMA also has a key role to play in our regional economic growth, especially as it’s the hub of our Freeport.
“The Minister’s response was really welcome and it is clear that he understands the importance of EMA to us locally.
"I hope that the Secretary of State provides more certainty to the sector this week during his statement on international travel.”
EMA is in a prime position for a variety of transport links and is easily accessible by train, car, bus and coach from the M1, A42/M42 and A50, making it a top choice for travellers from across the East Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire and beyond.