Media Releases

These are some of our recent media releases and comments. Email us if you want to be added to our media release distribution list.

Comment on Aviation Report By British Chambers of Commerce

BATA’s comment on the publication today of the BCC Report, ‘Flying in the face of jobs and growth’ is available here. In it, Simon Buck, BATA’s Chief Executive says, “This report provides clear evidence that if Britain us to be able to compete for new business with emerging markets, then we must be allowed to grow and invest in our airport infrastructure.”

October 31, 2011

UK Government ‘Stop/Go’ Aviation Policies “Crippling Trade Links”: BATA

To coincide with the closure of the Government’s initial ‘Scoping Document’ consultation on a ‘Sustainable Policy Framework for Aviation’, BATA has issued a statement, urging the new Secretary of State of Transport to recognise that decisions need to be made now on increasing capacity for air transport.

October 20, 2011

Speech by BATA Chief Executive at Parliamentary Reception – 18th October

The speech by Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, at a BATA Parliamentary Reception hosted by Brian Donohoe MP on Tuesday 18th October

October 18, 2011

‘Connecting for Growth’ Report on the Importance of a Hub Airport

BATA has welcomed today’s publication of a report by Frontier Economics on the importance of Britian’s hub airport in economic recovery.

September 22, 2011

Deputy PM’s Promise to Accelerate Major Infrastructure Projects – BATA Comment

Simon Buck, BATA Chief Executive has commented on today’s promise by Deputy PM Nick Clegg to give new special priority status to upto 40 of the biggest national infrastructure projects most important to Britain’s future growth prospects.

September 14, 2011

High Tax Rates Damage UK Economy

In response to the letter from 20 leading economists in today’s Financial Times arguing that the 50p tax rate is damanging the UK economy, Simon Buck, Chief Eecutive of BATA that the same logic can be applied to the “exorbitantly…

September 7, 2011

DFT Aviation Demand Forecast: “Lost Opportunity for Britain”

BATA has commented on today’s revised Government forecasts of demand for air travel that show a slashing by 25% of passengers travelling through Britain’s airports in twenty years time, compared to forecasts produced just two years ago.

August 25, 2011

Hands Off Our Holiday Mr Taxman!

A campaign to persuade the Chancellor to drop planned hikes in the tax levied on all flights leaving the UK is being launched at airports across the country as a new poll is released showing 3 out of 4 people think that Air Passenger Duty (APD) should not go up in the next Budget.

July 11, 2011

Air Passenger Duty Consultation: Flight Tax ‘Costs UK 25,000 Jobs’

On the eve of closure of a consultation by HM Treasury on Air Passenger Duty, the British Air Transport Association, the national trade body for British airlines, has called for the UK’s tax on flying to be scrapped. For more details and the BATA Press Release, go to the Media Centre of this site.

June 16, 2011

BATA Supports IATA Concerns on Air Tax

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, has welcomed the concerns expressed by IATA about the impact on the UK economy of increasing levels of taxation on flying.

June 6, 2011