Could airport closure impact base-porting?
SENIOR Naval officers and civil servants from London need to visit shore establishments and ships from time to time when they are in bases or dockyards. This need is even greater when the vessels are new.
Time is expensive and that spent travelling is a waste. Senior MoD staff will be irritated already by the loss of the airport, both for base visits and loss of facilities for sea training helicopters. I suspect it will be highly likely that the airport loss will factor into the base-porting decision for the T26 frigates, after all Portsmouth can be visited quite easily. I believe the city council, MPs and with many city residents are eager to have the T26 based here.
MoD travel alone will not support an airport and flights to London, but a similar argument exists for the senior managers and executives of national investors with establishments in Plymouth, and of course Plymouth businesses.
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