17 DECEMBER 2018
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Today (Monday 17 December 2018) sees the publication of the government’s Aviation Strategy Green Paper launched, outlining the long-term ambition for aviation success after we leave the EU.
Aviation minister Liz Sugg said: “Our aviation sector is world-leading and the Aviation 2050 strategy will promote success in the coming decades.
“Our ambition is to expand our international connections, boost trade and investment and strengthen domestic links to support businesses and travelling passengers.
“By working with industry, we will drive sustainable growth, ensuring the next generation will continue to benefit from the growing number of opportunities this exciting and innovative sector offers.”
The announcement has been welcomed by the aviation industry.
NATS CEO Martin Rolfe said: “Today’s announcements from the government and the CAA are very welcome. Our airspace dates back to the 1950s and simply doesn’t allow us to make the best use of today’s technology or emerging technologies in both aircraft design and air traffic management which are vastly improving the industry’s capability”.
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, the industry association, echoed these views. He said: "In particular we need a strategy that gives a clear statement in favour of delivering additional capacity where it is needed - both on the ground and within our congested airspace - so we can continue to deliver for passengers and cargo customers into the future."
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