18 JULY 2016
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Predictable post-Brexit concerns voiced at last week’s annual UK Aviation Reception took on a new note as the event coincided with Theresa May’s appointment as prime minister and speakers urged action on the new government.
Airport Operators Association (AOA) chief executive Darren Caplan said the group, which also includes the British Air Transport Association, ABTA, IATA and Sustainable Aviation, would want to ensure the UK “continues to benefit from open access to important international markets and maintains and enhances the single European market and open-skies policy”.
These, he said, had been beneficial to the industry, allowing it to grow, delivering cheaper air fares and opening up new destinations at home and abroad.
Newly-appointed shadow transport secretary and keynote speaker Andy McDonald took up the theme of airport expansion, saying “there are no excuses to put this decision off any longer and (it) should be at the top of Theresa May’s pile”.
“You as individuals and organisations representing the sector will no doubt be demanding that the decision is taken imminently, and Labour will support you in this demand,” he added.
McDonald said aviation faced other post-Brexit challenges but there were also opportunities, with the move towards decarbonising and tackling emissions presenting a chance for the UK to lead technological advances and supply high-skilled jobs in the sector and its supply chain.
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