30 MAY 2022


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Article from BTNews 30 MAY 2022

Flightpath to the future

Choosing Heathrow Airport as a launch platform last Thursday (26 May) UK Aviation Minister Robert Courts outlined a ten-point strategy called Flightpath to the Future to decarbonise the supply chain, restore traveller confidence and support job creation to “build back better”.

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“By working closely with the sector to focus on sustainable growth, powered by the latest innovations, we can ensure aviation creates jobs and opportunities across all four nations of the UK”, he said.

The ten-point plan is divided into four focus areas: enhancing the UK’s global aviation impact in the wake of the pandemic; embracing innovation for a sustainable future, which includes a path to achieve jet zero by 2050; rebuilding skills and creating an attractive workplace; and improving the traveller experience.   

The official Government statement included positive support from within the industry including Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association (AOA); Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive, UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and on the cargo front Ian Wilson, CEO, DHL Express UK.

Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA – The Travel Association, also commented: “As we emerge from the crisis, there are many critical challenges ahead, including rebuilding consumer confidence, driving forward the sustainability agenda, and ensuring travel remains an attractive place to work. Constructive and regular engagement between industry and government will be required to tackle these challenges successfully, and we particularly welcome the formation of the Aviation Council which will help to facilitate an ongoing dialogue”.

Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, summed it up very well: “There can be no ‘Global Britain’ without the air connectivity that UK airlines deliver. We welcome the publication of this strategy and look forward to working with Ministers to ensure UK aviation and its based carriers receive the support they need to recover and prosper.”

The ten points start from page 9 

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