WITH all the arguments regarding the pros and cons of a city airport, no-one has yet mentioned the problems faced by those beleaguered would-be air passengers who still need to travel quickly and efficiently.
My daughter lives in Plymouth and her son in France. Both travel back and forth fairly regularly. He uses the ferry for convenience (less hassle) even though it means a three-and-a-half-hour journey the other side.
My daughter prefers to fly, which is anything but convenient and means getting up at 5am to catch a connecting train to Exeter. From there she boards a service bus out to the airport and thence to the plane. The return journey is not without problems, such as when she was not aware of a change of bus times and consequently missed her Plymouth train by minutes and an hour's wait ensued. If a plane is late, as has happened, there is a similar outcome.
This situation is crazy when we are supposed to be encouraging business to prop up the city's economy. No wonder Plymouth is being sidelined; we have nothing to offer but a sea view and an obstacle course to traverse in order to view it!
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Should Viable lose its battle for Roborough the old wartime aerodrome further north is worthy of consideration.
So, a message to our council – please wake up and do something positive now, and please at least look as though you are interested.