21 NOVEMBER 2016
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The government last week reinforced its pledge to work closely with the aviation industry to “ensure it continues to be a major success story for the UK economy” in the aftermath of Brexit.
It followed a round-table meeting at London City Airport chaired by Brexit secretary David Davis with industry leaders including aviation minister Lord Ahmad to hear views on the forthcoming Article 50 negotiations.
Bodies represented at the meeting included Airlines UK, Airport Coordination, the Airport Operators Association, Civil Aviation Authority, easyJet, Heathrow Airport, International Airlines Group/British Airways, London City Airport, Manchester Airport Group, Monarch, National Air Traffic Services, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic.
A joint statement later from Davis and Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade said: “We will work closely together to ensure that this international industry continues to be a major success story for the UK economy – contributing around £20bn in 2014 alone – and better understand what risks and opportunities exist.”
The statement added all parties also shared a determination to give as much early certainty to the sector as possible, given the long lead-in times associated with developing new routes, and to supporting the sector as much as possible in the interim.
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