13 MARCH 2017
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Lord Ahmad, aviation minister, was his usual good humoured self when rushing in (and out of) the AOA’s annual dinner at the Grosvenor House last week. “Good evening. I’m delighted to join you. I apologise that this will be a bit of a flying visit for me – no pun intended. The House of Lords is debating the Article 50 bill this evening”. He was away quickly.
His Lordship highlighted Mrs May’s government’s commitment to Britain’s aviation industry – its airports, manufacturers and airlines.
As he put it. “We need to grow our connections with the world. To show the world we are open for businesses. It’s a resilient industry. An innovative industry. And an industry ready for the future.”
His far-ranging speech covered a multitude of aviation matters including Brexit pointing out it is in the interests of the UK, the EU, European countries, and everyone who lives or travels between them, to seek a liberal arrangement for aviation.
Air traffic was particularly emphasised noting that last month the DfT launched a consultation on measures to support “well overdue” airspace modernisation.
He also reiterated that the government was seeking views on the draft Airports National Policy Statement. During this year it is going to publish a series of green papers and a White Paper in 2018.
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