BATA Submits Response to Government Consultation on Aviation Policy
October 31st, 2012
BATA Response to Government Aviation Policy Consultation
The British Air Transport Association has today published its response to the Government’s consultation on an Aviation Policy Framework.
Simon Buck, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association said:
“It is vital for the UK’s economic prosperity that we have an aviation policy that addresses the needs of all the UK, without continuing delay. BATA calls on the Government to ensure that the composition and terms of reference of the Davies Commission attract cross party support to prevent the continuation of the see-saw of aviation policy we have experienced over recent decades.
“UK business is increasingly strident in its calls for the UK to develop its international connectivity in order to attract inward investment thus boosting economic prosperity and creating new jobs. If we are to capitalise on our emergence from recession, the Government must show willingness to unlock and encourage private investment in infrastructure at airports to allow capacity expansion where it is most urgently needed.
“As the Government recognises, the UK’s economy needs to compete in both established and emerging markets. This requires excellent aviation connectivity right across the country, ensuring the UK has both vibrant point to point airports and sufficient world class hub capacity that meets the needs of the entire aviation sector. This means prioritising a favourable planning and regulatory regime and developing a bold aviation policy. To ensure there is no further erosion of the UK’s competitive position, the Government must set a clear timetable for action and this needs cross-party support.”