Airport bosses in recovery call

Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.''Flights cancelled due to volcanic ash cloud over the UK.
Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.''Flights cancelled due to volcanic ash cloud over the UK.
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ROBIN Hood Airport bosses have won public backing in a call to improve the country’s aviation industry.

Peel Airports, the owners of Robin Hood as well as Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, have welcomed the results of a recent survey of more than 2,000 British adults which highlights the need for urgent action to improve UK aviation policy.

The survey, conducted on behalf of industry body the Airport Operators Association (AOA) shows that:

n 73 per cent of UK business leaders believe that it is more important than ever that the Government supports the aviation industry to help deliver its growth and jobs agenda

n 82 per cent of the British public think that Air Passenger Duty should be cut or frozen in George Osborne’s forthcoming Autumn Statement.

Peel also believes that the lack of support for aviation through a variety of key policies means that the UK Government continues to turn its back on the industry and regional airports – when both have the ability to help kick-start regional and national economies.

The survey results reveal these views are shared by the vast majority of business leaders and the wider public too.

Peel is due to respond this week to the Government’s consultation on its Draft Aviation Policy Framework and will be highlighting the need for a coherent national aviation policy which places the industry and regional airports at the heart of the economic drive for recovery and rebalancing of the national economy.

Craig Richmond CEO of Peel Airports Limited said: “Airports such as ours have the opportunity to get the UK regional and national economy back on track, however we need Government policy to work with us not against us. This survey demonstrates overwhelming public support for this approach too.”

“Our counterparts across Europe continue to have the support of their Governments making them far more attractive to airlines than we are.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “The strength with which the different options are put forward shows precisely why we were right to set up a proper independent review to consider fully what is in the country’s interest.”