22 JANUARY 2018


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Article from BTNews 22 JANUARY 2018

Grayling and the airlines

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is the Guest of Honour on Wednesday (24 January) at Airlines UK annual dinner.  

What the minister homes in on with his speech remains to be seen but Brexit, and its implications, has to be number one on the list.  The fact that Ryanair, hostile to the UK vote, but now a legal British airline, has joined the group could make for an interesting evening.  Will Michael O’Leary attend?

Airlines UK is the trade body for UK-registered airlines and other carriers with a UK operation – with members representing all sectors of the industry.  The 12 members – British Airways, CargoLogicAir, DHL, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Norwegian UK, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways, Titan Airways and Virgin Atlantic – employ almost 90,000 people and served over 264m passengers and carried 1m tonnes of cargo in 2016. 

Missing from the list are Wizz, and the Airline Investments Group which includes bmi Regional and Loganair. Amongst the host of companies associated with Airlines UK are  NATS, ERA (European Regions Airlines Association), Boeing UK, Heathrow Southern Railway, Rolls-Royce, and the Royal Aeronautical Society


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