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Airlines UK acts as a collective voice for the UK airline industry in the media, issuing comments and press releases, as well as providing spokespeople and meeting interview requests.

UK airlines welcome aviation testing regime announcement

Responding to the announcement by the Government that an aviation testing regime will be introduced from 15 December, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a hugely welcome step that will begin the process of opening up international travel and restarting UK aviation. It is a […]

November 24th, 2020

UK airlines respond to furlough scheme extension

Responding to the announcement today by the Chancellor that the furlough scheme will be extended to the end of March, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a welcome announcement and all the more important with aviation now essentially closed following the new lockdown travel restrictions. Furlough […]

November 5th, 2020

Airlines UK and Airport Operators Association respond to the announcement of a ban on international leisure travel as a part of new lockdown measures

Responding to the announcement of a ban on international leisure travel as a part of new lockdown measures, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK and Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association said: “This announcement is a 180-degree reversal of policy, since the Government added the Canaries to the travel corridors list just […]

November 1st, 2020

UK airlines respond to arrivals testing announcement

Responding to the announcement made today by the Transport Secretary on arrivals testing, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:  “That the Government is considering testing is a step forward but we need to see the detail. Ultimately we need to get to pre-departure testing for all arrivals […]

October 7th, 2020

UK economy loses £32m every day as result of no airbridge with the US

New report details massive daily cost to the UK economy of lack of air link to the US £121bn in UK exports and £417bn in Foreign Direct Investment at risk as air link remains closed between the UK and its most important trading partner £3.5bn lost from US tourism and business travellers is revealed to […]

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September 21st, 2020

Immediate Action Required to Support UK Aviation – Letter to PM

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA 10 September 2020 Dear Prime Minister, Immediate action required to support UK aviation In July this year, we wrote to you as leaders in UK aviation to urge you to […]

September 10th, 2020

UK airlines respond to introduction of “islands” policy on travel quarantine

Responding to the announcement made today by the Transport Secretary on an “islands” policy with respect to travel quarantine, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a step in the right direction, which in time could help open up more markets for international travel and further […]

September 7th, 2020

Airlines UK reaction to France quarantine restrictions

Responding to the announcement that countries including France, Malta and the Netherlands have been added to the travel quarantine, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “It’s another devastating blow to the travel industry already reeling from the worst crisis in its history. Having the political will to move […]

August 14th, 2020

Emergency Air Passenger Duty waiver would save 45% of lost air routes and save 8,000 jobs, study concludes

An emergency 12-month Air Passenger Duty (APD) waiver would save 45% of the air routes out of the UK that would otherwise be lost due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found. In addition, the support could potentially save 8,000 jobs and contribute an additional £7 billion in GVA. The […]

Report on the Demand and Connectivity Impact of a 12 Month Air Passenger Duty Waiver

July 20th, 2020

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