Airplanes. Iata. UK aviation priorities: clarity on Brexit and expanding Heathrow
London, UK - The Association urged the Government to face them
(WAPA) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the UK Government to shore-up its international air connectivity by focusing on a cost-effective expansion of Heathrow Airport and achieving early clarity on post-Brexit issues. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said it in an address to the UK Aviation Club.
IATA urged an early resolution for aviation in the Brexit discussion.
While much attention has been paid to air service agreements, IATA urged action across a broad spectrum of issues including:
- Finding staffing, systems and process solutions for a potential ballooning of customs transactions from 4.6 million/month to 21 million/month.
- Developing immigration solutions to efficiently deal with the millions of travelers between the UK and Europe should border control procedures become more cumbersome.
- Defining the relationship of the UK to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
IATA urged the UK government to address severe capacity constraints in the Southeast of the UK by expanding Heathrow airport.
The UK Department for Transport’s Draft National Policy Statement notes that a third runway at Heathrow will create GBP 200 billion in economic value and support up to 110,000 jobs.
IATA, however, cautioned that the cost of expanding Heathrow needs to support its future competitiveness.
A successful airport needs sufficient capacity and quality, aligned with airline operational needs and costs that are affordable.