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Government urged to encourage use of existing airport capacity outside London Bristol Airport has responded to the Government’s consultation on its Draft Aviation Policy Framework with five recommendations which would deliver real benefits for airports in the regions, the wider economy and passengers across the country. The Draft Framework was published by the Department for Transport (DfT) in July 2012 and outlines the Government’s high level aviation strategy. Bristol Airport has submitted a formal response to the DfT consultation on the Draft Framework, alongside a position paper containing policy proposals which would help rebalance the economy. Entitled ‘Giving wings to airports across the UK’, the position paper will be launched today (22 October) at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) Annual Conference. It sets out five recommendations for Government policy which would enable airports outside London to more effectively serve their local markets by making best use of existing capacity, easing congestion in the South East as a result. In the foreword to the paper, Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, says: “As politicians, Government officials, aviation professionals and other stakeholders debate issues around capacity and new schemes costing billions of pounds, it is critical to remember that significant airport capacity already exists in the UK regions. “Government policy should encourage the use of this capacity and should encourage private sector investment in long-term infrastructure. Not only will this relieve congestion at airports in the South East, but it will help rebalance the economy at the same time. “Like many airports outside London, Bristol Airport is very well placed to create jobs and drive economic growth in its region. What we need is a very clear and very tangible aviation policy which supports growth and investment.” Bristol Airport’s five recommendations for a balanced aviation policy are:
Robert Sinclair will be taking part in a panel debate on ‘Promoting Regional Development’ at the AOA Annual Conference at the London Hilton Metropole today (22 October). A copy of the paper can be downloaded here.
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