FTA stresses importance of aviation expansion to the UK economy

It is vital for the UK to maintain its place as a global centre of business, both for services and high end manufacturing, in order for the economy to thrive.


Freight Transport Association


It is vital that the aviation sector is able to expand to meet demand from both passengers and freight, and extra capacity is needed either from new airport development or through the expansion of existing London airports, according to the Freight Transport Association.

In its submission to the Airports Commission’s discussion paper ‘Aviation Connectivity and the Economy’, the association said that air freight is crucial to the UK economy because it provides a service which the rest of UK industry relies upon in order to be competitive in the global market. It is vital for the UK to maintain its place as a global centre of business, both for services and high end manufacturing, in order for the economy to thrive.

FTA also stated in its submission that amongst other uses, air freight allows the operation of express delivery services connecting businesses globally on a next day basis, a service required for the UK to maintain its place as a global centre of business – both for services and high end manufacturing.  Although the volume of freight travelling by air is very small when measured by weight – around 0.5 percent of the total, it has a high value – about 40 per cent of the UK’s extra-EU trade.