23 OCTOBER 2017
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The government’s new aviation strategy should set out an ambitious plan for improving international connectivity from UK airports as part of its vision for a new global Britain, according to airport group MAG.
Echoing remarks by Stansted’s new CEO, Ken O’Toole, at the London Infrastructure Summit (BTN 25 September), the company was laying out its view in response to government proposals for the new strategy.
MAG operates the UK’s two largest airports with spare runway capacity, Manchester and Stansted, and says it is calling for improvements in road and rail access to enable them to offer passengers better global connections.
At Stansted, MAG wants the government to accelerate the delivery of improvements to the Stansted Express to give faster rail access to London to enable the airport to attract more long-haul routes.
This, the group says, would give passengers more choice and provide high-tech and life-sciences businesses in the corridor around Stansted with better access to global markets.
At Manchester, MAG is focused on ensuring the airport is connected directly to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail so passengers and businesses across the North and the rest of the UK can benefit from the airport’s global route network.
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