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AEF and ANCF respond to MPs’ proposal to create a national aviation strategy

14th December, 2022

The Aviation Environment Federation and the Airspace and Noise Community Forum have responded to an inquiry into a National Aviation Strategy carried out by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Airport Communities.

The APPG’s proposal for a National Aviation Strategy comes with risks as well as opportunities, the response argues, as it could reinforce the self-importance of the industry while distracting from the urgent need to address specific policy gaps, including in relation to environmental impacts.

However, given the various gaps and untested assumptions in existing aviation policies, a new approach is needed. We would support, for example, a strategic review of the role of aviation in the UK that takes into account the full range of economic, social and environmental considerations.

The response makes a series of recommendations on what should be included in any National Aviation Strategy, as well as how the environmental impacts of aviation should be tackled.

It also makes clear that we do not support growth in airport capacity anywhere in the UK and that the aviation sector’s efforts to decarbonise should be paid for by industry, not the public.

Read the full response here: