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Published: Mon 24 Jun 2019 at 12:24

Updated: Mon 24 Jun 2019 at 13:48

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To recognise the importance of aviation to the whole of the UK, and to build on its success, the Government is developing a new strategy to support industry in delivering even greater improvements for passengers, the environment and the UK.  

At the end of 2018, the Department for Transport published a Green Paper entitled “Aviation 2050 – the future of UK aviation”, outlining proposals for a new aviation strategy and setting out the challenges and opportunities for aviation to 2050.  The proposals in the Green Paper include:


  •  developing a partnership for sustainable growth which meets rising passenger demand, balanced with action to reduce environmental and community impacts
  •  improving the passenger experience, including through technology and innovation, a new passenger charter and action to reduce delays at the border
  •  building on the UK’s success to establish new connections across the world and create greater choice for consumers has recently submitted its response to the Green Paper, which can be found here.


We welcome the Government’s intention to formulate a long-term plan to ensure the aviation industry’s continued success to 2050 and beyond, and we agree with their desire to maintain high levels of customer service - particularly for those with additional needs - as well as ensuring that growth is sustainable.   


We commend the Government on the scope and ambition of its review, but we strongly believe that any proposals which are ultimately made by Government must be proportionate, evidence-based and subject to comprehensive and specific consultation.  This will ensure that the Government’s key objectives are achieved without the introduction of excessive regulation which has the potential to stifle growth, add cost and reduce the incentive on airlines and airports to invest.  


A final version of the aviation strategy will be published by the Government later in 2019.

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