- government launches 10-point strategy to deliver an innovative and sustainable aviation sector as it recovers from the pandemic
- the new aviation passenger charter will ensure consumers know their rights when traveling
- Creation of the Aviation Council to bring the aviation sector together to learn lessons from the pandemic and develop sustainably
Consumers, jobs and innovation are at the heart of the government’s new strategy to build the aviation sector of tomorrow.
Launched by Aviation Minister Robert Courts during a visit to Heathrow Airport, Flightpath to the future aims to restore consumer confidence, rebuild sustainably after the pandemic, support jobs across the country and building a skilled and diverse workforce ready for the future.
Implementation of the new 10-point plan will be supported by a brand new Aviation Council made up of airlines, airports and wider aviation industry representatives, as well as ministers and government officials British and decentralized administrations.
The council will strive to use lessons learned from the pandemic to support the recovery and make air travel better for passengers and better for the planet.
As outlined in the strategy, the government will launch a new aviation passenger charter later this year, a one-stop guide for consumers informing them of their rights and what they can reasonably expect from the airline industry. aviation when they travel.
The charter will be developed in partnership with industry and consumer groups to help restore consumer confidence in air travel after the pandemic.
Aviation Minister Robert Courts said:
The pandemic has posed an existential threat to the aviation sector. Now that the recovery has begun, we have a chance to build back better than ever.
Through this new strategy, I set out 10 priorities to ensure that we build an industry that is not only ready for the future, but that is a world leader.
By working closely with the industry to focus on sustainable growth, fueled by the latest innovations, we can ensure that aviation creates jobs and opportunities in all 4 UK countries.
The past few months have been difficult for the sector as it resumes business as usual with a massive recruitment drive underway to meet demand. As outlined in ‘Flightpath to the future’, the government will work closely with industry and consumer groups to help the sector provide the best possible service to consumers.
Airport Operators Association CEO Karen Dee said:
Airports provide the vital air links that UK businesses need to trade in the UK and overseas. After the pandemic, it is essential that the government and airports work together to rebuild and develop these links to support jobs and create new economic opportunities in all parts of the UK.
Airports look forward to working through the new Aviation Council with the government to ensure the effective delivery of our shared ambitions to support leveling while allowing people to take well-deserved breaks abroad and reconnect with their family and friends in other countries.
As the sector is on the cusp of a green aviation revolution, the government will work with it to develop the right skills and workforce to accommodate new technologies in drones, flying taxis and electric planes.
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:
As aviation recovers, we share the government’s ambitions for the sector to rebuild to become cleaner, greener, more innovative and to continue to prioritize safety and delivery for its consumers.
The established and emerging aviation and aerospace sectors and their stakeholders will need to work together to achieve this and I look forward to the Civil Aviation Authority being part of this collective effort.
The plans form a key part of the government’s upgrading agenda, focusing on attracting and retaining the skills the sector needs as it recovers, unlocking the potential of the next generation and supporting a diverse workforce across the UK’s 4 nations that is fit for the future.
Ian Wilson, CEO of DHL Express UK, said:
Air freight accounts for 40% of UK imports and exports and is vital to the UK economy, enabling international trade and supporting UK businesses.
As we look to the future, aviation will continue to play an important role in delivering the UK’s freight ambitions, particularly in relation to supply chain decarbonisation.
As a global company, DHL Express is making significant investments in zero and low emissions innovations such as sustainable aviation fuel and electric cargo planes and we look forward to working alongside government as the UK becomes a leading market for these clean technologies.
The plans presented today (May 26, 2022) will also bring benefits to communities across the country through new jobs and better connectivity by becoming one of the first countries in the world to regularly use new aircraft to provide a new and improved low-carbon transport for goods, people and trade.
We can also benefit from new regulatory freedoms outside the EU, for example, to support the continued growth of general aviation.
The government will also publish its jet zero strategy later this year and set out its vision for how the aviation sector can achieve net zero by 2050.
British ingenuity is already developing zero-emission aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels and, combined with improvements in airport and airspace efficiency, we will deliver net zero flying for everyone.
Today’s release follows the Transport Secretary’s historic challenge to industry to deliver the first-ever net-zero transatlantic flight by the end of 2023, powered only by sustainable aviation fuel (FAS) – made from waste materials, including household cooking oil and household waste.
Announced earlier this month, the pioneering test flight will be supported by up to £1million in competition funding and will improve understanding of commercial flights powered by these fuels.