Bristol Airport Chief Executive Rober Sinclair this week outlined his plan to boost regional air travel, the wider economy and ease congestion in the South East.
He launched the five-point plan, which is titled Giving wings to airports across the UK at a travel industry event in London.
It came as a response to government’s current aviation strategy; and its Draft Aviation Policy Framework which was published in July 2012.
Bristol Airport has submitted a formal response to the Department for Transport consultation regarding its Draft Framework, alongside a position paper containing policy proposals which it says would help rebalance the economy.
In the foreword to the paper, Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, comments:
“As politicians, Government officials, aviation professionals and other stakeholders debate issues around capacity and new schemes costing billions of pounds, it is critical to remember that significant airport capacity already exists in the UK regions.
“Government policy should encourage the use of this capacity and should encourage private sector investment in long-term infrastructure. Not only will this relieve congestion at airports in the South East, but it will help rebalance the economy at the same time.
“Like many airports outside London, Bristol Airport is very well placed to create jobs and drive economic growth in its region. What we need is a very clear and very tangible aviation policy which supports growth and investment.”
Bristol Airport’s five recommendations for a balanced aviation policy proposes rebalancing the economy, investing in surface access improvements, supporting inbound tourism to regions, promoting travel policies which embrace airports in the regions and maintaining ‘light touch’ regulation in the aviation industry.