Under a new traffic light system, countries will be designated one of three risk levels as part of the UK government's efforts to restart international travel.
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Heathrow has submitted its plan - a dynamic four-tier system that applies differing controls for differing country risk levels - to the UK government's Global Travel Taskforce.
Following a report published in July 2020 by the Airspace Change Organising Group, the UK government has announced £5.5 million in funding to support the UK's airspace modernisation programme.
UK companies will be able to bid for a share of £15 million to pioneer new technologies to convert everyday waste into sustainable aviation fuel.
As part of its efforts to build back better from the pandemic and improve connectivity, the UK government has set out a range of measures for the UK’s aviation and transportation network.
Partly funded by the Department for Transport, the City of Derry to Stansted route provides critical connectivity between Northern Ireland and London, subsequently boosting the region’s economy.
The UK government's Aviation Skills Retention Platform will aim to preserve essential expertise while addressing the wider skills shortage in the industry.
The UK's aviation industry has expressed its displeasure with the UK Chancellor's Budget 2021, which mostly avoided mentioning any support specifically for aviation.
The taskforce will develop a plan for a new risk-based framework to facilitate international travel no sooner than 17 May 2021, in line with the UK government's plans to ease the national restrictions that are currently in place across England.
By extending the airport slots allocation waiver, the UK government has acted on calls for relief from the aviation sector and ensured that airlines will avoid operating high-cost carbon-inefficient ‘ghost flights’.
Following an unprecedented year of impacted revenue streams and collapses in passenger demand, Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, has said that he is optimistic for the airport's recovery.
AOA and AGS Airports have expressed their disappointment in the Scottish government's lack of a recovery plan or framework for Scotland's aviation industry.
AOA has welcomed the UK government's acknowledgement of aviation's economic significance, but has stressed that the outlined date for the easing of international travel restrictions will only prolong the industry's struggle.
With the UK government set to outline its recovery plans on 22 February 2021, IATA has urged the Prime Minister to include support for aviation in order to encourage its restart.
As part of the UK's Future Flight Challenge, Heathrow will research the use of new technologies and create a blueprint for making zero carbon aviation a reality.