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New film highlights the benefits of airports outside London
Bristol Airport features in a short film focusing on the benefits of flying from regional airports launched today at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) Annual Conference at the London Hilton Metropole.
The film forms part of the AOA TV News programme which will be hosted on the ITN Transport News channel. Bristol Airport features alongside other aviation industry organisations, but is the only regional airport involved. The film can also be viewed here.
Focusing on the wide range of destinations available, convenient and friendly service, and the value generated for the regional economy, the film complements Bristol Airport’s policy document, ‘Giving wings to airports across the UK’, launched at the AOA Conference last year.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive at Bristol Airport, said:
“The film captures the regional airport experience, featuring business, leisure and inbound passengers who value the friendliness and convenience we offer. It is a timely reminder that the important role regional airports can play in rebalancing the economy should not be overlooked in an aviation debate dominated by London interests.
“We are not suggesting Bristol Airport can solve the challenges faced in the South East – although we do have the capacity to relieve some of the congestion at the London airports by encouraging more passengers from our region to use their local airport. But it is important that the Government does not lose sight of the regional picture and continues to support airports outside London through improved surface access, overseas promotion and light touch regulation which recognises that resources may be more limited.
Last year Bristol Airport responded to the Government’s consultation on its Aviation Policy Framework with five recommendations which would deliver real benefits for airports in the regions, the wider economy and passengers across the country.
Entitled ‘Giving wings to airports across the UK’, the position paper 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.
Bristol Airport’s five recommendations for a balanced aviation policy are:
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