Published on : Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Travel Association welcomes the Airports Commission’s report, and the work undertaken by Sir Howard Davies and his team. Aviation makes a critical contribution to the UK’s economy and Sir Howard’s recognition of the need for increased capacity in the South-East of England in the coming decades is important. Without the increased capacity proposed by the Commission, ABTA seriously questions the ability of the UK to maintain its role as a global aviation hub and we are pleased to see that the options suggested this morning support both hub capacity and a strong network of point-to-point flights, which are essential to maintaining the UK’s competitive position.
ABTA also recognises the need to balance any growth with measures to mitigate local and environmental impacts and we welcome the Commission recommending the establishment of an independent Aircraft Noise Authority to look at this.
ABTA’s Head of Public Affairs Stephen D’Alfonso said: “ABTA supports the Commission’s conclusions that additional capacity is required to meet demand, and the best way to do this is through a UK hub. We welcome statements in the report that acknowledge the importance of not artificially redistributing passenger traffic to suit political objectives. ABTA also welcomes the package of measures suggested by Sir Howard for improving surface access: additional surface connectivity is key to improving the passenger experience. We look forward to contributing to the next phase of the Commission’s work, and will continue to push the case for passengers and their place at the heart of the Commission’s considerations.”
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