Government begins thirty year push to boost UK aviation
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will today launch a public discussion to help shape and promote the future of the aviation industry both up to 2050 and beyond.
The public are being asked to have their say on how this vital sector should respond to a range of technological, security, environmental and customer service challenges.
It also looks at how the Government can support future growth in an industry which directly supports 240,000 jobs and contributes at least £22 billion to the UK economy each year.
Airport bag check-ins in town centres and a “luggage portering” service are among a series of innovative ideas the public is being asked for views on.
Other issues include possible new forms of compensation for noise or designing targets for noise reduction.
The Government is also keen for views on how it should support and regulate emerging technologies around personal travel.
The document also discusses how we can make best use of existing capacity at all airports around the country.
The Secretary of State announced the strategy at the launch of a £1 billion programme to double the size of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2.
The project will create 1,500 jobs, allow for more international destinations, and grow passenger numbers from 27 million to 45 million a year.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Aviation is central to our future prosperity as we leave the European Union. As a global, trading nation we want to build on the great industry we have today and create opportunities for people up and down the country.
“Our new aviation strategy will look beyond the new runway at Heathrow and sets out a comprehensive long-term plan for UK aviation. It will support jobs and economic growth across the whole of the UK.
“Our vision puts the passenger at the heart of what we do, but also recognises the need to address the impacts of aviation on communities and the environment.”
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of Manchester Airports Group, said: “Today, work will begin at Manchester Airport on a £1 billion investment programme that will provide passengers and airlines with world-class airport facilities, and deliver a major boost to the UK’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.
“We welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the important role that airports across the UK will play in driving economic growth, and commitment to looking at how airports like Manchester and London Stansted can make best use of their existing capacity.”