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Airport Operators Association response to Government statement on Airports Commission

The Airport Operators Association acknowledges the Government’s statement delaying its full response to the Airports Commission Final Report until the summer of 2016.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the AOA, said: “We have consistently said that the UK 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 world class hub capacity. The AOA supports all airports that wish to grow and believes in making best use of existing capacity at UK airports. We support the assertion made in the Government’s statement that the UK requires more capacity and the AOA is clear that aviation can grow sustainably in future whilst delivering for UK plc.

“We welcomed the completion of the Airports Commission’s Final Report in the summer, and supported the assertions already made in the Commission’s Interim Report regarding the need for both airport expansion and making better use out of existing capacity. We continue to call for the Government to respond fully to the Airports Commission recommendations as quickly as possible in 2016, to maintain momentum, remove uncertainty and ensure the UK gets the additional capacity it so vitally needs as soon as possible.”