Aviation Strategy must urgently set framework for sustainable growth

Welcoming the publication of the Government’s Aviation Strategy: Next Steps, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said:

“A new Aviation Strategy is a top priority for UK aviation to ensure that growing consumer demand for flights can be met sustainably. New figures released by the CAA show that in 2017, UK aviation saw 6% passenger growth – and that represents 25% more passengers travelling through UK airports since the last Aviation Policy Framework was published in 2013.

“Airports stand ready to meet this growing demand – more than £8bn of investments are already being delivered over the next five years. But with demand from consumers and businesses rapidly growing, the Aviation Strategy must urgently set out a clear framework for how the industry can grow beyond these existing plans. This must include how we can make best use of existing capacity; how we can improve surface access and provide more sustainable travel options; as well as how we can create additional runway and terminal capacity.

“The success of the UK economy relies on excellent international connectivity – we cannot afford to delay these important decisions. The AOA and its members stand ready to work on these and other issues as the Aviation Strategy is developed.”



Notes to Editors:

  1. Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority show that nearly 285m passengers passed through UK airports in 2017. This compares to 268m passengers in 2016 and 228m passengers in 2013. Figures are available here.