13 NOVEMBER 2017
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Achieving “early clarity” on post-Brexit issues and focusing on a cost-effective expansion on Heathrow were urged on the government by IATA last week to allow Britain to shore-up its international air connectivity.
The message came from IATA director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac in an address to the UK Aviation Club. The prosperity of a post-Brexit UK would depend on the strength of its links with Europe and the rest of the world, he said.
IATA urged an early resolution for aviation in the Brexit discussion, he went on. “My message to all involved is threefold: Get started. Don’t step backward—people will not accept anything that turns back the clock on the achievements of the EU Common Aviation Area. And, lastly, don’t underestimate the amount of work ahead.”
On Heathrow, de Juniac said IATA urged the UK government to address “severe capacity constraints” in the southeast of the UK by expanding the airport. “Heathrow is where expansion should take place”, he stressed.
“I know the struggle to build a third runway has meant decades of frustration. But the UK will be left behind in the globally connected world if it does not come to a final decision and implement it.”
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David Bentley, Manchester/UK
"The prosperity of a post-Brexit UK would depend on the strength of its links with Europe and the rest of the world". Talk about a statement of the bleeding obvious. Is that the best he can do? As for "early clarity on Brexit" that ball is in Barnier's court, as de Juniac knows.