The British Air Transport Association (BATA), the trade body for UK-registered airlines, will on Monday 7 November change its name to ‘Airlines UK – the association of UK airlines’.
Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said: “UK airlines have seen huge change and growth in the 40 years since BATA was established. Our sector is an important UK success story in which BATA has played a part. There is a huge amount going on in the industry currently – whether that’s expansion at Heathrow and ensuring that airlines are fairly represented in future discussions around cost and funding; promoting the need for aviation to be prioritised during the EU withdrawal process; and further communicating to stakeholders the huge strides forward the sector is taking to become ever more sustainable. As a result there has never been a more important time for the voice of UK airlines to be heard loud and clear in these debates by governments, regulators and the media. We wanted a name that will enable us to more easily be and do ‘what it says on the tin’ – and Airlines UK will help us to do that.”