6 JANUARY 2020
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An overwhelming majority of the British public have a positive view of aviation, which they see as important both personally and to the UK economy as a whole, according to a new study.
Figures from air traffic navigation services provider NATS and research consultancy Savanta ComRes showing 81% of respondents overall having the welcoming attitude to the industry, with two-thirds of adults (67%) saying the pros of aviation outweigh the cons.
The annual tracking survey says despite environmental concerns, Brits do not want to be penalised for flying by taking fewer flights a year (only 34% agree people should be discouraged from flying) or paying an environmental levy.
However, they do expect the aviation industry to act, and 93% see the most beneficial output of airspace modernisation being more efficient routes that save fuel and reduce environmental impact.
NATS head of corporate and community affairs Jane Johnston said: “It is encouraging to see the positive views about aviation, but the figures also tell us we need to communicate our environmentally-conscious plans to modernise airspace so the public can get involved.”
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