Customers, jobs and innovation are the focus of the UK Government’s new strategy for building the aviation sector of tomorrow. Quadrant Transport look at the strategy and how the 10-point plan will benefit both passengers and the planet.
Launched by Aviation Minister, Robert Courts, ‘Flightpath to the future’ aims to rebuild consumer confidence, build back sustainability from the pandemic, support jobs across the country and build a skilled and diverse workforce fit for the future.
It will be supported by an all-new Aviation Council which is made up of airlines, airports and wider representatives from the aviation sector, as well as ministers and officials from both the UK Government and devolved administrations.
Using lessons learned from the pandemic, the council will work to support recovery and make air travel better for passengers and better for the planet.
Customer Confidence Is Essential After The Pandemic
To ensure that customer confidence in air travel following the pandemic will be rebuilt, the UK Government will launch a new aviation passenger charter later this year, which is said to be a one-stop guide for consumers informing them of their rights and what they can reasonably expect of the aviation industry while flying.
Aviation Minister, Robert Courts, said: “The pandemic posed an existential threat to the aviation sector. Now recovery has started, we have a chance to build back better than ever before.
“Through this new strategy, I’m setting out 10 priorities to ensure we build an industry that’s not only fit for the future but one that’s world-leading.
By working closely with the sector to focus on sustainable growth, powered by the latest innovations, we can ensure aviation creates jobs and opportunities across all 4 nations of the UK.
The Aviation Sector Can Reach Net Zero By 2050
Communities across the UK will be benefited through new jobs and better connectivity by becoming one of the first countries in the world to routinely use new aircraft to provide new and improved low carbon transport for goods, people, and trade.
Later this year, the Government will publish its jet zero strategy, which will set out its vision for how the aviation sector can reach net zero by 2050.
‘Flightpath to the future’ follows the Transport Secretary’s historic challenge to the industry to deliver the first net zero transatlantic flight by the end of 2023, powered purely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and made from waste products, including household cooking oil and black bin rubbish.
Outlined in Department for Transport’s ‘Flightpath to the future’ document, it is stated that the strategic framework focuses on four key themes, these include: Enhancing global impact for a sustainable recovery, embracing innovation for a sustainable future, realising benefits of the UK and delivering for users.
Sustainable Aviation Will Play A Part In Decarbonisation
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “This trailblazing net zero emissions flight, a world first, will demonstrate the vital role that sustainable aviation fuel can play in decarbonising aviation in line with our ambitious net zero targets.
“That’s not just great news for the environment, it’s great news for passengers who will be able to visit the Big Apple without increasing damaging greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s crucial that we place sustainability at the heart of the aviation industry’s recovery from COVID-19 and I look forward to working with them on this challenge, which will lower the impact flying across the Atlantic has on the planet.
Industry estimates suggest that a UK sustainable aviation fuel industry could support up to 5,200 UK jobs directly, as well as a further 13,600 through global exports, helping to level up the UK and boost the economy. By 2040, the industry estimates its annual turnover could reach £2.3 billion.