The next steps towards a new aviation strategy

The aviation industry is a British success story; rooted in a deep heritage of being at the forefront of global aviation.

To build on this success we are developing a new strategy to support industry in delivering even greater improvements for passengers, the environment and our country.

Between July and October 2017 we asked for views on how we should consult to develop this new strategy as well as what issues we should cover.

We have now published a ‘next steps’ document, which identifies the challenges for aviation in the years to come and discusses how we can respond to them.

It also sets out how we will engage with industry throughout 2018. This will result in a final aviation strategy by early 2019.

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. As part of the aviation strategy call for evidence the government consulted on a policy for airports throughout the UK making best use of their existing runways.

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.