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Airport Matters 2017

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) and ITN Productions have launched ‘Airport Matters 2017’ a news and current affairs-style programme which explores the challenges, procedures and future of aviation and airports.

In 2016, a record 268 million people passed through the UK’s airports, between them helping to generate a billion pounds a week for the economy, allowing airports to enable, expand and employ. ‘Airport Matters 2017’ brings to life those leading the charge in the UK aviation market, the largest in the EU, and a market that continues to bloom.

With the UK airspace handling nearly 2.5 million flights every year, ourairspace infrastructure is high on the agenda. This programme features a special report from Manchester Airport which looks at why modernising our airspace is critical in order to prevent delays, ensure safety and lower aircraft emissions.

Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and drawing upon ITN’s 60 year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece combines key interviews including Lord Callanan, Aviation Minster and AOA Chief Executive, Karen Dee. The programme also features stories from those who are continuing to push the aviation industry forward including Airdat, Dallmeier, Deolan, Edinburgh Airport, Flight Calibration and Smith Detection.

AOA Chief Executive Karen Dee said: “The aviation industry is a UK success story, generating economic growth and supporting more than a million jobs across the UK. ‘Airport Matters 2017’ sets out how we can build on that success by grasping the opportunities ahead of us as well as dealing with the challenges we may face. It also showcases some of the best work in the industry and we are delighted that ITN Productions has made this possible.”

ITN Productions Head of Industry News Simon Shelley said: ITN Productions has been delighted to partner with the Airport Operators Association again to create ‘Airport Matters 2017’. We hope this programme will help to showcase the importance of the aviation industry and demonstrate the technologies and innovations that are pushing the sector to new levels. We are extremely pleased with how this programme brings to life the challenges within the industry and how they are being solved for future growth.”