IATA calls on government to better support UK aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the British government to improve its global competitiveness in air transport by taking a global approach to aviation and climate change, reducing taxes, changing the economic regulatory structure for airports and developing a proper strategy to safeguard the economic benefits of aviation.

In a speech at the Aviation Club in London, IATA chief executive Giovanni Bisignani said: ‘The government’s policy pillars of excessive taxes, inefficient airport regulation and limiting growth will destroy the UK’s proud aviation legacy.

Bisignani noted that aviation supports about 1.5m UK jobs along with $76bn (£47bn) in economic activity.

He added: ‘Aviation provides critical global connectivity to this island nation so it is a great mystery to me why the government seems so intent on destroying its competitiveness with a policy agenda stuck in the past.’