Sir Richard Branson emphasises importance of aviation industry
May 24th, 2010 by elisa

The new government must acknowledge the “crucial role” aviation will play in the the country’s economic recovery, Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson stated on board the airline’s inaugural flight from London to Accra in Ghana.

Sir Richard conintued: “Tomorrow the Queen, on behalf of her new Government, will set out the political agenda for the next 12 months.

“There will be plenty of time to debate the detail – on the potential damage of a per plane levy and its questionable legality under international aviation law, on how our industry’s growth can be compatible with robust carbon targets and how the competitiveness of the UK aviation industry can be promoted though any Bill relating to civil aviation.

“Aviation employs over half a million people both directly and in its supply chain alone in the UK. Its role in bringing tourists, business and finance to the country should not be underestimated, and we trust that this will be recognised in tomorrow’s legislative announcements.”

He added: “I think sometimes, amid stories of strikes and volcanic ash, it is forgotten that aviation is a great success story for the UK – a vibrant, liberalised industry which competes on the international stage and which is at the forefront of innovation as well as recognising its environmental responsibilities.”

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