EU funded ‘Ghost Airports’

Jill Seymour MEP 1The following piece by UKIP Transport Spokesman, Jill Seymour MEP, was featured in this month’s ‘Bulletin from Brussels’ magazine. It is particularly relevant when you look at the struggle of some of the UK’s smaller airports and the drive by our Government in to promoting a large ‘hub’ airport in the South-East.

Another major issue I have been looking in to is the colossal amount of tax that the EU, and more specifically the TRAN committee, is wasting.

Most recently, I found that 666 million Euro was spent on propping up 20 ‘ghost’ airports all over Europe – Funnily enough, none of these were in the UK. It is a horrific injury to the working people of the UK that we are paying for foreign airports to stay open whilst regional airports in our own country are closing or have already closed, such as Blackpool and Manston.

I am not sure what is worse; That UK tax money goes to these foreign countries to prop up their failing airports or the fact that 38 million Euro’s worth of the infrastructure built with EU taxpayer’s money is not even being used at all.

Jill Seymour MEP 2



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