BTA welcomes bid for a second flag carrier and encourages competition in Heathrow.
Clive Wratten, CEO, BTA comments: “We recognise and support the benefits a second flag carrier would bring to the UK economy – not only the increase in competition but also the expansion of new routes from Heathrow, a hub that is seeing, albeit slowly, its plans for extension draw nearer. As and when the ambition for airport expansion is realised, the need to fulfil the additional slots presents an opportunity to carriers and the corporate travel sector.
Which is why we are backing Virgin Atlantic’s campaign to gather support from the public in a bid to become recognised as the nation’s second flag carrier.
“Allowing significant slot access at Heathrow to a second British airline should be greeted by all airlines, travel management companies and corporate travellers with enthusiasm, as it presents a very real opportunity to access potential new markets further afield whilst at the same time benefiting from competitive fares.”
Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – and their clients, partners and industry associates, BTA is the authority on business travel. Originally founded in 1967, it acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.