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Government promises to free up air market

[ July 13, 2012   //   ]

The draft aviation policy framework, published by the Government on 12 July, promised further liberalisation of the UK market to encourage foreign airlines to develop routes from airports other than Heathrow , along measures to improve reliability at Heathrow. It also promised to push for international action on aviation emissions while continuing to support EU Emissions Trading Scheme and higher landing fees for noisier aircraft at unsociable hours and higher penalties for breaching noise limits.

The Government also said it would supporting introduction of new rules by airport operators to maximise their existing capacity by, for example, limiting access to smaller aircraft.

The framework however had little to say on whether a third runway or new London area airport would be developed. There would be separate call for evidence on how to maintain the UK’s international connectivity and hub status later in the year once the industry has had time to consider the measures put forward for consultation, said the Government.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-35

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