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Department for Transport - Articles and news items

Government must ‘make up its mind’ on airport expansion says Committee

Airport news  •  4 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

In a report issued today, the Transport Committee has urged the UK Government to set out a clear timetable on airport expansion.

New security scanners see Edinburgh Airport enter next generation of aviation security

Airport news  •  13 March 2014  •  Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport has introduced new state-of-the-art body scanners to improve the speed and efficiency of the airport security experience...

UK economy and environment at heart of government’s vision for aviation

Airport news  •  22 March 2013  •  Department for Transport

The aviation policy framework sets out the government’s high level objectives for the sector...

Britain’s long-term aviation plan

Issue 6 2012  •  7 December 2012  •  Simon Burns, Minister of State at the UK Department for Transport

For centuries, Britain has owed its prosperity to the transport and trade routes linking it with the rest of the world. Today is no different. We need efficient and resilient air connections to remain competitive in a rapidly changing global economy.The importance of air travel in this country has been growing rapidly over the past two decades. In 2010, UK airports handled 211 million passengers, and around half of the UK population travelled by air at least once.Airports outside of London have spear - headed much of this growth, with passenger numbers growing at an average of seven per cent a year between 2000 and 2006. Major players like Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh have led the way, but increasingly smaller airports like Bristol, Durham, Exeter, and Leeds-Bradford have expanded their share of the market.The Government wants to see that growth continue, as long as it is in the customers’ interest, and it meets our wider environmental commitments. We are taking forward the Civil Aviation Bill to modernise the regulatory framework for civil aviation in the UK. The Bill enables the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to bring a strong consumer focus to its activities, improving transparency and accountability, and ensuring a better service for passengers.


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