15 SEPTEMBER 2014
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Normally an organisation treading carefully when it comes to politics, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) has responded forcefully following the publication of the Liberal Democrats pre-general election manifesto.
The Lib Dems promise to “ensure no net increase in runways across the UK as a whole” and sets out opposition to “any expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames Estuary”.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of AOA, said: It is disappointing that the Liberal Democrats pre-election manifesto prejudges the conclusions of an independent Airports Commission that they themselves helped to set up in government.
“This decision to prejudge the conclusions fails to take into account that on the issue of sustainable aviation growth, the sector has many positive developments to report. “UK aviation has taken huge strides in recent years to improve its performance on carbon emissions, thanks to newer aircraft, better operational measures and an increase in the uptake of sustainable fuels. It has demonstrated, through the publishing of recent Sustainable Aviation Road-Maps, that aviation can grow in future decades without any substantial increase in carbon and noise.
“Aviation can both expand – with all the resulting benefits that this brings with respect to jobs and our future connectivity – and deliver on the green agenda at the same time.” www.aoa.org.uk
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