I pledge to let Britain fly!
It's time to Let Britain Fly.
Before the next general election we urge the three main party leaders to immediately acknowledge the need for more air capacity, commit to finding a cross-party solution to modernise our airport infrastructure; and in their manifestos commit to be guided by what the Airports Commission recommends for the long-term; pledging to maintain, protect and enhance Britain’s status as a global aviation hub.
It’s time to Let Britain Fly.
I’m not blind to the need to increase airport capacity, particularly in the south-east…We need to retain our status as a key global hub for air travel, not just a feeder route to bigger airports elsewhere, in Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai.
Aviation is vital to our economy and it is essential for the UK to maintain its status with an international aviation hub offering connectivity to a wide range of destinations across the globe.
Aviation is key to the UK economy.
Political deadlock is getting us nowhere, and every day the UK is losing out to its European rivals on new routes to growing markets.
The reality is that since the 1960s Britain has failed to keep pace with our international competitors in addressing long term aviation capacity and connectivity needs.
I am firmly in the camp of we need more airport capacity in the South East of England. We need more runway capacity in the South East of England.
The fact that we export more to Ireland than to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined shows just how reliant we are on Europe and how much opportunity there is for us to grasp in these emerging economies. And I say this is the time to get out there and sell to them.
The IMF predicts that by 2024, emerging market countries will have overtaken advanced economies’ share of global GDP. This is why it is essential for London to establish direct flights to countries which will be increasingly crucial to our prosperity. Britain has thrived for centuries as a country which opens its borders to trade; if we close them now, the opportunities of the next century will pass us by.
We need to move the debate on from pie-in-the-sky ideas to sensible and achievable solutions. None of the options is easy but it is the job of Government to take difficult decisions in the long-term interest of the country. […] It is time to get real on airports policy.
As new trade links grow, new air links will be needed to support them, and vice versa.