Higher rail fares to benefit domestic air travel
26 January 2009 11:59
Bristol International Airport has asserted that last week's above-inflation hike in rail fares will result in more people using domestic air links.
Train passengers saw double-figure price rises rolled out across much of the network on Wednesday, prompting an angry reception from consumer groups and leaving many looking for alternative modes of transport.
Many of the biggest increases centred around Southeastern Railway services into London, with one weekly season ticket from Hayes to the capital rising a sharp 14.5 per cent from £24.80 to £28.50.
Commenting on the dramatic price hikes, Bristol International Airport's aviation development director Tony Hallwood said that an inevitable consequence would be a surge in demand of domestic flights.
"Multi-daily frequency services between Bristol and key cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast remain vital to maintaining the connectivity demanded by businesses operating in this region," he argued.
New research showed that domestic air travel has risen by a third in seven years even as the government continued to pump record amounts of public funds into the rail network.