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Article from BTNews 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

Shapps to speak to the industry

Are we seeing a change in the Government’s approach to aviation?

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps is to become the first Cabinet Minister to speak directly to the travel industry since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in March when he addresses a special ABTA virtual Travel Convention on Wednesday 14 October.

On the following Monday (19 October) he will address Airlines 2050 Annual Conference co-hosted by Airlines UK, IATA and BAR UK. Flight Global is the co-sponsor.

Mr Shapps who has been leading the Government’s policy on travel corridors and quarantine requirements, will talk to delegates about the Government’s vision for the future of travel and tourism in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and what plans are in place for current EU travel legislation as the UK approaches the end of the transition period.

As was quickly pointed out, these are not the same as a one-to-one. With Airlines UK Peggy Hollinger, international business editor, Financial Times, will act as moderator.  Audience questions are being encouraged.

Grant Shapps has been Secretary of State for Transport since July 2019 succeeding Chris Grayling.  He has been viewed as a safe pair of hands over the last few months, always sticking to the Government line.

A keen private pilot, during a period when out of front-line politics (having been Chairman of the Conservative Party under David Cameron, and Minister without Portfolio) he enthusiastically chaired and expanded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation.  He is the Member of Parliament for Welwyn and Hatfield.


There is no charge for viewing this event.

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