The UK has suffered from the lack of an aviation policy.
Joined up thinking and ongoing development and integration of all transport modes are key to keeping the UK economy on the move. As an island nation, connectivity by air is vital to the UK economy and as the centre of global economic activity heads East, there is a pressing need to provide the right infrastructure and taxation environment to allow UK and foreign airlines to connect the UK to new and emerging markets profitably.
Following years of procrastination and political maneuvering, the UK Government set up an independent Airports Commission in late 2012 to report on the future capacity needs and infrastructure requirements for aviation in the UK. The Commission issued its interim report in December 2013 that outlined the requirements for an additional runway serving the South East by 2030 with the potential for a further runway by 2050. The short listed options are two separate proposals for a third runway at Heathrow or a second runway at Gatwick. The highly publicised proposals from the Mayor of London for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary was removed from the process in August 2014.
The final report from the Airports Commission was published in July 2015 with a recommendadtion that the Heathrow Northwest runway option would best serve the UK's future capacity needs. The Government partially responded some 6 months later in December 2015 stating that a decision would be delayed until Summer 2016 to allow more detailed environmental analysis to take place.
BAR UK is actively engaged on behalf of its airline members to reinforce the need to provide the capacity where it is actually required by customers, at a level of investment that is affordable and in the shortest possible time frame.