Government must prioritise air freight

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The government must prioritise air freight to achieve Britain’s future trading ambitions in post-Brexit Britain, the Freight Transport Association has said in response to a consultation, Aviation 2050 — the future of UK aviation.

Head of multimodal policy Alex Veitch said the association wanted the government to dedicate a chapter of its White Paper to air freight.

“We need to see its ambition for the sector clearly, and understand how the various elements in the strategy will support the delivery of this vision. After all, air freight represents around 40 per cent by value of the UK’s imports and exports and its importance will only increase as the UK looks to supplement European trading opportunities with economies further afield after Brexit.”

It is also calling for the government to commission a new Airport Connectivity Study to highlight where transport links and freight parking facilities need to be improved and set a programme for action.

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