29 JANUARY 2018
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Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport, was the guest of honour at Airlines UK annual dinner last week.
Mr Grayling seemed in a very relaxed mood, knowledgeable of the industry having as long ago as 2005 been appointed shadow secretary of state by David Cameron. He reiterated the government’s support for Heathrow and its third runway
Welcoming the guests Airlines UK chairman Jane Middleton said: “On the subject of Brexit we have been pleased by the diligent and professional way that the Government has set about engaging with industry. We are encouraged by the agreement across the UK Government on the need for an implementation period following our exit from the EU.
“It is the view of the airline sector that any implementation phase needs to be based on current rules and regulations, providing for liberalisation, open access, cabotage rights and full membership of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). We look forward to the start of discussions on a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU over the coming months and believe that aviation – as an enabler of other economic activity – should be treated as a priority in the negotiations. In the meantime, airlines will continue selling tickets as normal – and investing in new routes and opportunities in the UK post-March 2019”.
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