7 MARCH 2016
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Last week in a speech which covered many of the major topics involving UK air transport including APD, the Davies report, Aviation Commission National Infrastructure Commission, Visa requirements for visitors from overseas, and airport surface access, Ed Anderson, executive chairman of the Airport Operators Association emphasised how important the sector is to the country overall.
It was however the multi-faceted Sustainable Aviation group that came in for special praise marking its 10th Anniversary.
It has published a series of road maps on carbon, noise, and sustainable fuels which focus on how aviation can carry on growing in a sustainable way.
Last month it published a new report which set out the social and economic contribution that UK aviation makes.
“The conclusions are truly impressive,” said Mr Anderson, “a total turnover of over £60bn, supporting a million jobs, contributing £52bn to GDP, supporting 3,500 apprenticeships, investing £1.7bn in research and development every year, paying almost £9bn in tax, and investing over £15m annually in charity, community and good causes.
Over the past 10 years, the industry itself has saved millions of tonnes of carbon; and the combined noise contour area used by Government to define community annoyance has reduced by almost 15% at major UK airports. www.aoa.org.uk
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