When the Government published its aviation policy framework in draft form, it asked the right questions about noise, air quality and climate change, but the final version fails to deliver on these. It is disappointing that so few of the recommendations we and others made have been taken up by the Government.
Disappointingly, but not unsurprisingly, yesterday the Chancellor stuck to his short-sighted plans to increase the UK's Air Passenger Duty (APD) for yet another year. It flies in the face of new evidence from PwC pointing to the economic benefits of abolishing APD...
George Osborne has said on more than one occasion in the past few months that he is working towards the UK having a low tax environment suitable for greater overseas investment. It is a laudable plan but does it stand up to scrutiny?
Once my Dad also was on shift whilst I was flying back from New York, which meant that for a short period of time, he was directing the aircraft that I was currently flying over the Atlantic in. When he told me later that he had done so I was amazed, but he didn't seem to think that it was much of a big deal.
Aviation is crucial to the UK's economy. Not only is it responsible for about one million jobs, £50 billion in GDP and £8 billion in tax revenues, it provides the infrastructure vital to the country's ability to function as an internationally connected and growing trading nation.
Cameron shares Romney's liabilities as much as his strengths. Neither leader has made any convincing attempt to mitigate the message of austerity. In this global economy, any responsible politician knows government has got to spend less and/or bring in more.
In today's hyper-globalised economy, businesses must rely on rapid, flexible and direct access to markets. The last few years of political and financ...
Since the air passenger duty was introduced in 1994, no study has been done about its economic impacts. If we are to levy the highest air tax in the world, surely we must understand the economic impact of doing so.
As Britain headed to work on a Tuesday morning like any other, Westminster was feeding on its diet of speculation even more than usual. The reshuffle laid bare David Cameron's aims for the rest of the parliament for all to see.
So just what has changed in the Heathrow debate, apart from the increasingly febrile political atmosphere? Supporters of the third runway (R3) claim our economy will be disastrously damaged if it doesn't proceed. But few supporting facts are put forward. This is not surprising, because the evidence is thin indeed.