Runway extension is a shot in the arm
ANOTHER major step forward in safeguarding the economic future wellbeing of the north-east of Scotland was taken yesterday with the approval by airport operator BAA of the runway extension at Aberdeen. The £10million project will add just 400ft to the runway, but will open up all kinds of exciting new possibilities as the region prepares for life after peak oil.
The decision by BAA to make the money available means that another piece of the jigsaw which will provide future wealth is now almost in place. Undoubtedly, there will be attempts to disrupt the project by the usual disinterested opponents of any form of change, but that can only delay the runway extension, not prevent it.
Once the extension is built, the airport will be able to accommodate larger, greener aircraft flying to and from more-distant locations, which will help the wider business community and the tourism sector, both of which will have an increasingly important role to play in the future prosperity of the north-east.
It will also allow the Donald Trump course and the other golf developments planned in the region to realise their aspirations for attracting wealthy visitors from America and the Far East. It is a real shot in the arm.