13 MAY 2013

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Article from BTNews 13 MAY 2013

Airports call for better connections

With the next cut-off date for the Davies Commission due Friday 17 May, the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade body for UK airports, has responded to the Commission’s position paper on ‘Connectivity and the Economy’. 

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the AOA:

“According to the CBI, adding just one additional daily flight to each of the eight largest high-growth markets in the world would increase UK trade by as much as £1bn a year.  In its recent Aviation Policy Framework, the Government sent some welcome positive signals about the value and importance of aviation to UK Plc.

It now needs to build on this by ensuring the UK has a planning regime which actively promotes sustainable development for all UK airports wishing to grow, and by committing to implementing the recommendations set out in the Airports Commission on maintaining the UK’s hub status when they are made public in 2015.

The country needs both vibrant point-to-point airports and sufficient world-class hub capacity to link to both existing and new markets if we are to prosper as an outward-looking trading nation, both now and in the years to come”. www.aoa.org.uk

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