Industry News

In a recent article in Business Travel News, Neil Pakey, Chairman of the Regional and Business Airports Group talks about levelling the commercial playing field for the UK’s smaller airports.

Michelle Carter and Tessa Darley of Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, were in Inverness recently with a broad brief to seek out new ideas and solutions within Aviation.  The workshop (the last of 5 across the UK) was held on the 18th January and focused on scoping out ideas that might be of interest in the future for the industry.

 

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation has been recently formed in the UK.  Such cross party committees are formed to address pressing issues, ideally in a non-partisan manner.

The APPG believe that, over a period of decades, successive governments have failed to fully appreciate the critical role that General Aviation plays in promoting UK plc.

Europe wide reflections on needs of Regional Airports

German MEP Ismail Ertug hosted a lunchtime stakeholder debate on 10 January at the European parliament in Brussels, part of a series of discussions informing consideration of the ‘Aviation Package’ from the Perspective of: Regional Aerodromes / Airlines, General + Business Aviation.

In a recent report into which of the UK’s main airports could suffer the largest impact to their networks if the UK were to lose its access to the European Single Aviation Market, the airports currently at risk of losing the most traffic were found to be those with a heavy reliance on non-UK owned LCCs such as Ryanair or Wizz Air. This would put airports like London Stansted, Liverpool, East Midlands and London Luton in the firing line, since they have the highest dependence on EU services as a proportion of their total capacity, with significant seat numbers operated by non-UK based LCCs. 

Neil Pakey, Chairman of the UK Regional and Business Airports Group, says it is essential the UK and EU strike a fresh 'open skies' agreement before the Brexit deadline next year otherwise carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet could be left in limbo, Liverpool Business News reports. 

On 21 December 2017, Ryanair applied to the UK CAA seeking an AOC to safeguard its existing and future UK-originating operations against a hard Brexit amid little progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe.

Heathrow’s recent announcement of enhanced discounts to reduce its airport charges for UK domestic services was welcomed by the 40 airport member UK Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group today.  

There is a Transport Committee Inquiry into the revised proposal for an Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) tabled by the Government on 24 October. Details can be accessed here

Montserrat Barriga has been appointed as the new Director General of the European Regional Airlines Association (ERA). She will take up her position on 1 November 2017.