The Chairman of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), Ed Anderson, will call for Government action to boost growth in the aviation sector, encourage greater connectivity and put an end to increases in Air Passenger Duty (APD) at the organisation’s Annual Dinner this evening.
Around 1,000 people from the airports sector will attend the event, the largest aviation dinner in Europe, and the principal guest and keynote speaker will be the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. Aviation Minister Simon Burns MP and Shadow Aviation Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP will also attend, along with other key players from the industry.
Mr Anderson will emphasise the importance of aviation to the UK in contributing £50 billion to the economy and supporting close to one million jobs. He will also urge the Government to introduce policies which promote sustainable long-term growth across the whole of the sector, principally through the Aviation Policy Framework due by the end of March, and call for further action on Air Passenger Duty, including putting an end to current increases in the tax and commissioning an independent study into its impact on the UK economy.