Airport boss calls for change

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
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THE owner of Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport has called for regional airports to be placed at the heart of changes.

Peel Airports, which also owns Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire, said current aviation policies had left the industry “stagnating.”

In its consultation response to the government’s Draft Aviation Policy Framework, it said it was “a missed opportunity” which failed to address growth in the industry.

It said the document failed to address issues including the importance of regional airports, taxation and growth.

Chief executive Craig Richmond said its airports could get the economy “back on track.”

He said: “We need Government policy to work with us, not against us.

“In its current form this Draft Policy Framework will do nothing to improve the current situation.

“There must be no further delays – Peel Airports joins with others in the industry and calls for an independent study of the economic impact of APD on the industry and the economy, as suggested during last Thursday’s Parliamentary debate on the subject.

“We also need to see a joined-up approach by the Treasury, the Department for Transport and the industry on resolving the APD issue in the interest of regional economies and UK plc.”