The government’s plans to launch an aviation strategy that works for the UK from 2050 and beyond are to be set out today.
As part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) ambition to put together a groundbreaking UK Aviation Strategy, the Transport Minister, Chris Grayling is inviting public discussion to shape the industry in the future.
It’s an important long term vision for the UK, with aviation contributing billions to the economy, while supporting approximately 240,000 jobs and developing skills.
At least £22 billion is contributed to the UK economy by the aviation sector each year and to ensure it continues to be a forward-thinking and innovative sector for the country, businesses and industry leaders are being asked to give their opinions on how to respond to the range of challenges ahead of the industry.
Of particular importance is how the industry can grow to remain sustainable while increasing competition and offering greater choice to consumers.
The strategy, which will canvass for views on how to regulate emerging technologies, and make full use of the UK’s airports and their respective capacities, was launched by Mr Grayling at Manchester Airport, where it was announced that its Terminal 2 would be doubled in capacity thanks to a £1 billion investment.
This project underlines the significance of the sector. It will mean extra construction work, giving further revenue opportunities for British businesses, and 1,500 jobs will be created.
The result will be an airport that can fly to more international destinations and passenger numbers will swell to 45 million a year.
It highlights the importance of aviation to the UK, which helps our businesses trade easier.
Mr Grayling outlined the plans: “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.”
The consultations will run this year and part of next, with the aviation strategy set to be launched at the end of 2018.