An interesting few days for the UK’s aviation sector it has been indeed. Last week, NATS announced that the 21st July was to be the busiest day in UK aviation history. At the same time, the government has launched a consultation paper to shape the future of the sector to 2050 and beyond.
The race is on to find cheaper and cleaner sources of fuel to power aeroplanes. From grass to kitchen oil, new sources for biofuels are being tested to see if they can ultimately replace the highly pollutant and expensive jet fuel currently dominating the market.
The possibility of Canada’s biggest airports being put into the hands of for-profit companies has stirred plenty of debate in the region. Some believe the time is right for change, and argue that the country’s aviation sector is in need of reform.
According to a recent poll, a majority of Canadians do not support potential plans to put for-profit companies in charge of some of the country’s biggest airports. Their misgivings about changing the current model are backed by some of the airports at the heart of the proposal.
The Airports Council International has revealed the latest results of its annual Airport Service Quality Awards, recognising the world’s most customer-friendly airports, based on 600,000 passenger surveys around the world.
Opponents of a third runway at Heathrow are adamant that the airport cannot expand and at the same time meet limits on pollution. It is, they claim, disingenuous to state otherwise – expansion, in their eyes, means worsening air quality and more noise.