ABTA has today responded to the Government’s initiative to consult on a framework for a sustainable future for aviation.
In its response to the Department for Transport’s Aviation Scoping document ABTA stresses that current government aviation policy of increasing taxation and vetoing expansion of essential airport infrastructure and runway capacity is blocking a key route to growth for the UK economy.
ABTA’s response sets out the following beliefs:
Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “In its UK Aviation Scoping Document, the Government has committed to establishing a policy framework to support growth in the UK aviation industry.
"This is vitally important for travel and tourism and indeed for the UK economy as a whole and while the commitment to create a sustainable framework to guide the aviation industry should be welcomed, we are concerned that we will have to wait until 2013 for this framework to be in place.
"As an island, the UK needs the international and regional connectivity that effective aviation infrastructure provides. The Government’s imposition of punitive levels of air tax in the form of Air Passenger Duty, and lack of support for the growth of airport infrastructure or runway capacity is having a negative impact on the industry and is a real missed growth opportunity for the UK economy.
"This scoping document shows that the Government is open to hearing the industry’s concerns but it must take these on board if we are not to risk fundamental and lasting damage to the travel industry and the UK economy as a whole.”