Welcoming the publication of the Government’s response to its Call for Evidence on an Aviation Strategy, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said: “A new Aviation Strategy is a top priority for UK aviation to ensure that growing consumer demand for flights can be met sustainably. New figures released by the CAA show that in 2017, UK aviation saw 6% passenger growth – and that represents 25% more passengers travelling through UK airports since the last Aviation Policy Framework was published in 2013.
“Airports stand ready to meet this growing demand – more than £8bn of investments are already being delivered over the next five years. But with demand from consumers and businesses rapidly growing, the Aviation Strategy must urgently set out a clear framework for how the industry can grow beyond these existing plans. This must include how we can make best use of existing capacity; how we can improve surface access and provide more sustainable travel options; as well as how we can create additional runway and terminal capacity.
“The success of the UK economy relies on excellent international connectivity – we cannot afford to delay these important decisions. The AOA and its members stand ready to work on these and other issues as the Aviation Strategy is developed.”