Airlines UK Policy Asks

Airlines UK has views and positions on a range of issues of interest to the UK airline industry. We proactively publish reports, position papers, consultation responses and select committee submissions on behalf of our members – and share these with Government departments, parliamentarians and industry stakeholders. Our main policy ‘asks’ of Government – as agreed by our member airlines – are as follows:

  • Retain access to a fully deregulated and liberalised EU aviation market and ensure that aviation-related negotiations, agreements and decisions during the EU withdrawal process are prioritised.
  • Abolish Air Passenger Duty before the end of the current Parliament.
  • Support airport expansion in London and the South East, ensuring that additional capacity is affordable and cost effective.
  • Support the development of sustainable aviation fuels and provide policy backing to and political leadership in favour of airspace modernisation.
  • Recognise the importance of early morning arrivals to the UK’s international connectivity and express freight network.
  • Continue to support proactive efforts by UK aviation to minimise incidents of disruptive behaviour at airports and onboard aircraft.
  • Work towards a better and adequately funded border operation at airports, continue to improve the visa regime, and support efforts to promote tourism through the GREAT campaign and effective marketing of UK destinations.


1. UK depends more on air freight services than most EU competitors

A major new report published today shows that the UK is more dependent on air freight services compared to most of its EU competitors. The report, commissioned by Airlines UK and supported by Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airports Group and the…

October 23, 2018

2. UK airports losing out on over 60 new direct routes because of sky-high rates of Air Passenger Duty, report concludes

UK airports could be losing out on over 60 new direct routes – including 15 long-haul connections outside of London – because of current Government policy on Air Passenger Duty (APD) – a new report has found. A study carried out…

September 19, 2018

3. Airlines UK 2017 manifesto ‘asks’

Airlines UK has set out a number of manifesto ‘asks’ ahead of the General Election in June, with Brexit, taxation and airport capacity at the top of its list of priorities. A number of policy areas are listed on which…

Airlines UK 2017 manifesto ‘asks’

May 11, 2017

4. Freedom to Grow – APD Report

A report by Airlines UK on APD and the impact on connectivity and passenger growth of abolishing similar taxes in other countries.    

Freedom to Grow - APD Report

April 19, 2017

5. UK Airlines – Responding to the Carbon Challenge

A report by Airlines UK which sets out how the industry can meet the UK’s demand for air travel, while ensuring it limits its environmental impact and hits its stringent targets on reducing emissions. UK Airlines – Responding to the Carbon…

January 15, 2017

7. Flying High? How Competitive is Air Passenger Duty? – March 2016

A new report, produced by Steer Davies Gleave and commissioned by BATA, which analyses and assesses Air Passenger Duty (APD). The report provides background information on UK APD, including historical trends and international comparisons, as well as context on taxation of…

Air Passenger Duty Final Report, March 2016

March 7, 2016

8. Sustainable Aviation, UK Aviation Industry Socio-Economic Report – January 2016

A report by Sustainable Aviation, which presents collated data and case studies related to skills, employment, charity and community engagement as well as wider social and economic benefits and contribution of aviation. The material is sourced from airlines, airports, manufacturers…

Sustainable Aviation, UK Aviation Industry Socio-Economic report, January 2016

February 3, 2016

9. PwC Report, The Economic Impact of Air Passenger Duty – Analytical Update – May 2015

This new independent analysis of the economic impact of Air Passenger Duty (APD) shows its abolition could boost economic growth, create up to 61,000 jobs, and pay for itself through higher revenues from other taxes. UK airlines have welcomed the…

The Economic Impact of Air Passenger Duty – Analytical Update, May 2015

June 10, 2015

10. Sustainable Aviation, Sustainable Fuels Road-Map Leaflet – December 2014

Sustainable fuels have the potential to play an important role in achieving the UK’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions from transport. This leaflet presents some of the key points from the Road Map which aims to identify and forecast the potential for sustainable fuel production to 2050.

Sustainable Aviation, Sustainable Fuels Road-Map Leaflet – December 2014

December 1, 2014