Aberdeen Airport are looking to bring back Gatwick flights and also hoping to secure new routes for holidaymakers looking for a winter sun getaway flying from Aberdeen in the near future.
As reported by the Evening Express, Steve Szalay, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, is looking to attract new direct flights to Gatwick and Frankfurt, both recently axed routes from the North East airport.
Both Lufthansa and Easyjet annexed flights earlier this year with the Evening Express reporting that a petition calling for the reinstatement of the Easyjet route to Gatwick has now passed the 2,000 mark.
The airport boss has cited a Air Passenger Duty (APD) (levy brought in to pay for the environmental costs of travel) has in the past discouraged some airlines from opening up new routes in the city.
Inverness Airport holds a tax exemption meaning that is cheaper for airlines to fly out of the Highland airport.
Mr Szalay is currently in discussion with airlines with the hope of boosting the number of flights from Aberdeen.
He said: “My two main priorities are Frankfurt and Gatwick.”
He added: “APD just doesn’t help us right now.”
“The way funding works at Inverness distorts the market and is bad for Aberdeen.”
“There are three flights from Inverness to Gatwick a day and none from Aberdeen.”
“I don’t blame the airline, it is cheaper to fly from Inverness, they follow the money.”
“I would like to see it be a level playing field and an incentive for someone to pick the route up.”
Other potential new routes the Airport is looking at include new flights to Warsaw, Budapest, and the Canary Islands.
Just last month, Aberdeen Airport announced an additional summer flight to Turkey.
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