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North-east businesses encouraged to speak up

18/03/2013

A new survey has been launched to better understand the air travel needs of the North-east energy industry.

The online ‘Energy Traveller Survey’ will allow businesses in the area to confirm which routes and destinations are going to be important to their development over the coming years. This ensures that when the team are working on route development for business in particular they can reflect the real demand.

The survey, also promoted by Oil and Gas UK to their membership, is open until Wednesday 2nd October and can be found HERE.

• The hope is that just one individual per organisation or business will complete the survey, duplication from within the same organisation will  simply distort the results.
• Participating organisations can complete the survey anonymously, unless they wish to sign up for the e-newsletter which is optional.
• This survey has been designed purely for business and energy organisations in the region to explain what routes are important to their growth. It is not designed for leisure passengers to complete.
• The survey should take no more than 10 – 12 minutes to complete.

Carol Benzie, newly appointed managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, explained why it was so important to understand the future needs of the energy industry. “In this region, the energy sector has an impact on all our lives. These organisations base themselves here because, in part, they can get good access to the places that they needs to be. Whilst we are working hard on future routes, it is incredibly important to understand where that future need is going to lie so that we can help our airline partners understand that demand. It can take a number of years to secure a new route and so we need to be sure we are working on the appropriate focus areas.

“This is just one of many initiatives that we, as a business, are taking to develop the local route network. I will be in the USA next week where Aberdeen International will be represented at the World Routes Conference, the event where many of the route development discussions will take place, and we want to ensure we are armed with all the relevant data.”

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