A call for evidence on a new aviation strategy

The aviation industry contributes billions to our economy, supports thousands of jobs, strengthens the union and develops skills. The Department for Transport is looking at how the government, working with our partners across the sector, can help airports and the industry to grow in a way that:

  • is sustainable
  • increases competition
  • offers consumers greater choice and a quality experience

We are seeking views from across industry, business, consumers, environmental groups and anyone with an interest in aviation.

This call for evidence begins the consultation process. We have set out our overall aims and approach, but we want to be steered and guided by you. This is your opportunity to shape the future of aviation.

The call for evidence period will be followed by a series of consultations that will run throughout 2017 and 2018, culminating in the launch of the aviation strategy at the end of 2018.

 

Our 6 objectives for a new aviation strategy

Aviation matters – it drives economic growth across the whole United Kingdom, connects us with the world, removes barriers to trade and supports jobs and skills. We have an aviation history to be proud of and we’re building on a track record of success.

But we also recognise the challenges that our aviation sector faces in maintaining this leading position. So the time is now right to develop a new aviation strategy that will set out the long-term vision for aviation taking us to 2050 and beyond.

These are our 6 objectives for a new aviation strategy.

Help the aviation industry work for its customers


Help the aviation industry work for its customers

Enhancing the consumer experience through improved accessibility, better information and support when things go wrong.

Ensure a safe and secure way to travel


Ensure a safe and secure way to travel

Championing the UK’s aviation security and safety record and ensuring our approaches remain cutting edge and responsive to new challenges.

Build a global and connected Britain


Build a global and connected Britain

The importance of aviation to building a global Britain that is outward looking, with a strong economy that benefits the whole of the UK.

Encourage competitive markets


Encourage competitive markets

Examining the sector to see whether market failures exist and how government can encourage more competition.

Support growth while tackling environmental impacts


Support growth while tackling environmental impacts

Building capacity and promoting regional growth and connectivity whilst balancing this with the need to tackle environmental impacts.

Develop innovation, technology and skills


Develop innovation, technology and skills

How we can make best use of new technology and build on the aviation sector’s track record of success in encouraging innovation.