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Aviation policy makers urged to think freight

[ June 21, 2019   //   ]

Freight must be at the forefront of the government’s aviation strategy to help achieve Britain’s future trading ambitions post-Brexit, said the Freight Transport Association in its response to Government consultation. It is calling for the Aviation 2050 White Paper to include a dedicated freight chapter.

Head of multimodal policy Alex Veitch, said: FTA is urging the government to dedicate a chapter of the White Paper to air freight; we need to see its ambition for the sector clearly, and understand how the various elements in the strategy will support the delivery of this vision. After all, air freight represents around 40% by value of the UK’s imports and exports and its importance will only increase as the UK looks to supplement European trading opportunities with economies further afield after Brexit.”

FTA said it would like to see the government adopt a more ambitious stance to grow global tradeas well as freight growth at UK airports besides Heathrow.