The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has responded to a report published today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which concludes that adding just one additional daily flight to each of the eight largest high-growth markets in the world would increase UK trade by as much as £1billion a year.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the AOA said, “The Airport Operators Association has said repeatedly to the Government that aviation connectivity plays a vital role in increasing the UK’s trad links with the world’s emerging economies, securing jobs and growth not just in aviation but in the wider economy in the process. We simply cannot afford to fall behind our international rivals, who are busy adding their air routes to high-growth regions and reaping the benefits in terms of access to both existing and emerging markets.
“This report by the CBI highlights the critical relationship between air links and trade flows and concludes that they fuel each other’s growth. We hope that the Government’s forthcoming Aviation Policy Framework and Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission, which we support, will take on board this message as they go about considering UK aviation’s point and hub capacity needs over the next two years”.