Government’s Aviation Strategy “misses mark”

Posted on 19 Jul 2019 and read 443 times
Government’s Aviation Strategy “misses mark” The Government’s Aviation Strategy does not do enough to “practically set out how the UK will increase its global connectivity while meeting its sustainability targets”, according to the CBI.

Responding to the Aviation 2050 Green Paper Consultation, it says that the aviation sector can both help grow the economy — through increased connectivity between the whole of the UK and new markets — and tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

The CBI says the sector is worth around £52 billion annually, supports a million jobs and accounts for 40% of the UK’s trade (by value); it adds that — with a renewed focus on global trade links, established and emerging — the
sector will be pivotal to providing connectivity with — and access to — the UK market.

The CBI’s proposals include: a leading role for the UK in strengthening international frameworks for managing aviation emissions; the creation of an Office for Sustainable Aviation Fuels to enable the UK to become a global leader in sustainable aviation; ‘making best use of runways’, so airports can provide the improved direct connections that consumers want to see; and modernising airspace to reduce noise and emissions while maximising capacity.

The CBI also says there needs to be a holistic approach, joining up key pieces of infrastructure such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail with airports to deliver connectivity growth for the whole of the UK; and recognition of the
importance of air freight, with practical steps for growth — such as reviewing night flight restrictions.

The CBI’s infrastructure and energy spokesman (, Tom Thackray, said: “Aviation has long been a major success story for the UK. If we want to keep it that way, we must keep pace with our global competitors. Aviation does not happen in isolation, but in a global and highly competitive market.

"Firms want to see a much more ambitious strategy that better connects the UK’s airports, ensuring that they play their part in getting British exports from every corner of the UK to key markets around the globe.”

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