BORIS Johnson has warned Aberdeen could lose its Heathrow connection if a third runway at the London airport goes ahead.
Since 2012, the number of daily flights between Aberdeen and Heathrow has dropped by 38%, from 13 flights a day to eight flights a day.
The Mayor of London has written to airports warning the Airports Commission has forecast an expansion would mean fewer domestic routes – reducing the number of British airports connected to a UK hub from seven, including Aberdeen, to four.
He said: “Having connections with the UK hub airport is hugely important for Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland. Those connections allow businesses to trade and secure investment across the globe.
“But the truth is that Heathrow has been failing our regions for well over a quarter of a century and, quite staggeringly, the Airports Commission’s own analysis shows the construction of a third runway only worsens the situation.”
However, a Heathrow spokesman said expansion would improve capacity for airports like Aberdeen. He said: “The Airports Commission has confirmed Heathrow expansion ‘would markedly improve UK regional connections to the hub airport’ and ‘reverse the trend of declining links between London and the rest of the UK’.