11 NOVEMBER 2019
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The Labour Party pledge last week to ban corporate aircraft by 2025 if it were in power from 12 December has produced an emotive response today by British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey. See link for his full statement.
“Such a sweeping statement shows a worrying lack of understanding of the business aviation industry and of the impact such a measure would have on the UK’s economy, GDP, employment and the facilitation of business to and from the UK”, he said.
Bailey is emphatic business aviation should not be brought into the current election turmoil. “Let’s not weaponise aviation in the current political arena,” he asked.
The BBGA points out the UK is in the top three ranked countries for business travel in Europe, alongside Germany and France, with 60% business aviation movements passing through these three countries.
Taking the UK out of that network, Bailey says, would have a profound impact on business activities. Not only would it risk losing 140,000 direct and indirect jobs, the impact on UK GDP would be £8bn per annum – with direct and indirect losses.
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