At its Annual Conference, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) is today launching its vision for the Government’s new Aviation Strategy.
With record passenger growth in recent years that is expected to continue at pace in the coming years, UK aviation is preparing for the future. Airports stand ready to meet the growing demand from consumers and business alike for aviation connectivity with plans for more than £8bn of investment in their facilities over the next five years.
Today’s publication from AOA calls on Government to deliver an Aviation Strategy which goes beyond a “statement of intent” and which gives industry the tools necessary to prepare and build for the future. Such a strategy will give airports the certainty to make the next set of long-term investment decisions and enable them to work with partners, such as local authorities and communities, to develop plans that will boost to local economies.
The Aviation Strategy must:
- Set out a road-map to creating better, sustainable surface transport to airports, including how Government expects organisations like Network Rail, Highways England and devolved bodies to deliver on that road-map
- Go beyond a statement of intent and give industry the necessary tools to deliver sustainable growth to meet increasing demand for air travel, including lifting planning caps on air transport movement and supporting additional terminal and runway capacity as and when necessary
- Work cross-Government to put the passenger first: reducing UK Air Passenger Duty, Europe’s highest such tax, and supporting Border Force to provide not only a secure UK border but also excellent customer services to travellers.