UK AIRPORT TRADE BODY AND BUSINESS JOIN FORCES TO CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO STOP DITHERING OVER AVIATION POLICY
• Airport Operators Association launches integrated policy for UK aviation to address Government’s failure to do so
New research commissioned by UK airports reveals that three quarters (73%) of UK business leaders believe that it is more important than ever that the Government supports the aviation industry to help deliver the growth and jobs agenda, and over four in five of the British public (82%) think that Air Passenger Duty should be cut or frozen in George Osborne’s Autumn statement.
The ComRes* research, undertaken on behalf of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), reveals that three quarters of business people who responded to the survey agree it is crucial that the Government supports growth in the UK’s airports network and its hub capacity to help stimulate economic growth.
The research was carried out ahead of the AOA’s annual conference, which opens today in London. The conference will see the aviation trade body launch its own aviation policy, in response to the Government’s failure to do so. The AOA’s ‘Integrated Framework for UK Aviation: Connecting the Economy for Jobs and Growth’ sets out 25 recommendations to Government which would boost aviation, and help bring about economic growth.
AOA Chairman, Ed Anderson, said: “Sadly, the Government’s draft Aviation Policy Framework is not an integrated aviation policy which will help boost neither our airports nor the UK economy. We think this is a major error, and why we are launching our own to stimulate debate and hopefully focus the Government’s mind to realise that the aviation industry has a major role to play in resolving the on-going problem of growing the economy. We have produced what we consider to be a bold and specifically cross-departmental integrated aviation policy should look like.”
“It unashamedly promotes the case for aviation and urges the Government to do likewise and create a policy framework which will ensure that our sector can prosper and that we have vibrant point to point airports together with sufficient world class hub capacity.
“The survey we commissioned to accompany our report clearly shows the support that the vast majority of business leaders have for airports and aviation in general to help boost jobs as well as exports and inward investment.”
Notes to Editors:
* ComRes surveyed 2097 British adults online between 12th and 14th October 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults. ComRes also surveyed 500 senior financial decision-makers in the UK online between 1st and 15th October 2012. Data were weighted to be representative of all UK businesses with an annual turnover of more than £50,000. ComRes is a member of the BPC and abides by its rules.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the trade association that represents UK airports. Its mission is to see UK airports grow sustainably. It represents the views of UK airports to Government, Parliament and Regulators to secure policy outcomes that help deliver our mission. The AOA represents some 70 UK airports and general aviation airfields in the UK. For more information, please visit www.aoa.org.uk.