London Stansted CEO calls for new aviation strategy for UK airports
London Stansted Airport’s CEO Ken O’Toole has urged the UK Government to set out a national aviation strategy to help expand airports in the country.
He said that the new strategy should ensure spare capacity at the airports can be used to create positive impacts for consumers and the economy.
As Britain prepares to leave the European Union (EU), O'Toole claimed it is essential to improve the country’s connectivity with the rest of the world to help it succeed as an outward-facing trading nation.
O’Toole said: “The UK is going to need the aviation industry to be at the top of its game over the next ten to 15 years to build a prosperous and global Britain.
“We will shortly be applying to raise our planning cap so that we can make full use of our runway. Securing that approval would enable Stansted to meet 50% of London’s expected passenger growth over the next decade, double our economic output to £2bn, and create thousands of new jobs.”
He also said that improved rail and road connectivity is essential to support the growth of UK airports.
For London Stansted Airport, a major priority is to develop the best possible rail links from the airport to London and Cambridge, according to O'Toole.
He said that improved journey times would help expand the airport’s reach and attract more long-haul airlines wanting to fly to and from London.
O’Toole added: “Stansted offers the 'primary growth opportunity’ in the south over the next 15 years and businesses and passengers will reap the benefits with increased global connectivity, trade opportunities and more choice.”
The airport's CEO also supported the industry's calls for the reform of air passenger duty.
Image: Aerial view of airfield and terminal at London Stansted Airport. Photo: courtesy of Manchester Airports Group.