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BATA on aviation policy

The British Air Transport Association (BATA), the trade body for UK-registered airlines, has commented on the publication of the ‘Aviation Policy Framework’ by the Department for Transport.

Simon Buck, Chief Executive, is outspoken:

“The ‘Aviation Policy Framework’ marks the Coalition Government’s recognition that it is vital that the UK needs to have a proper aviation policy.  Yet it does not.  As the Chancellor acknowledged in his Budget Speech, the UK’s economy needs to compete in both established and emerging markets.  This requires excellent aviation connectivity right across the country, ensuring the UK has both vibrant point to point airports and sufficient world class hub capacity.  To ensure there is no further erosion of the UK’s competitive position, the Government must set a clear commitment to such measures being put in place, as part of a new aviation policy.
 
Mr Buck is emphatic that Davies needs to consider wider issues, such as more competitive visa and tax regimes, efficient border operations and general airport connectivity.

Mr Buck summarised the situation perfectly.  “The Commission should not just be considering where and if to pour concrete”. www.bata.uk.com

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