Airlines UK – the industry association representing UK carriers – has set out a number of manifesto ‘asks’ ahead of the General Election on 12 December, highlighting the action needed in the next Parliament to create a framework that will encourage UK airlines to compete, grow and deliver even more for the UK in the years ahead.
Support to deliver ‘net zero carbon’ aviation, grow our connectivity, deliver new capacity and support air cargo are at the top of our list of priorities.
Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said: “If UK aviation is serious about growing to meet future passenger and freight demand, the next few years will be about demonstrating we can do this whilst delivering on carbon reduction. Airlines are clear that provided it is done through an international framework, net zero carbon is within reach for UK aviation by 2050.
“But we cannot do this alone. Airlines are investing billions in the cleanest, greenest planes, but we need a renewed partnership between Government and industry to deliver the technologies that will get us to net zero, including airspace modernisation, sustainable aviation fuels and – further into the future – electric or hybrid electric engines.
“Provided we deliver on this agenda we will earn the right to grow – but this growth cannot be taken for granted either without the right policy framework in place. So airlines will work with Government to support an expanded Heathrow but are clear this will not deliver for consumers if charges have to increase to pay for it. We will utilise capacity at other UK airports provided we have a fairer APD regime and better surface access connections that can widen catchment areas. And we will continue to support our world-class freight sector provided the right infrastructure is in place and no further restrictions are put in place on early morning arrivals.
“UK aviation is at a crossroads. If we get things right over the next few years we can look forward to continued success as an enabler of economic growth and prosperity. Carriers look forward to playing their full part in this endeavor.”