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The Future of Air Transport - White Paper and the Civil Aviation Bill

The White Paper 'The Future of Air Transport', published on 16 December 2003, sets out a strategic framework for the development of airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years, against the wider context of the air transport sector.

It does not itself authorise or preclude any particular development, but sets out a policy framework which will inform decisions on future planning applications, and against which the relevant public bodies, airport operators and airlines can plan ahead. It sets out the conclusions of the Government, and of the devolved administrations where appropriate, on the case for future expansion at airports across the country. In doing so, it takes account of all relevant factors, including views expressed in an extensive consultation exercise which attracted over 500,000 responses.

Hard copies of the White Paper (priced £25) and/or a free summary document may be requested by telephoning 0300 123 1124.

The Civil Aviation Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 9 June 2005. The Bill will, amongst other things, implement important Future of Air Transport White Paper commitments to sustainable aviation and protection of passenger interests.

Post White Paper actions

The White Paper sets out a strategic framework for the development of airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years, against the wider context of the air transport sector.


External Advisory Group

The White Paper sets out a strategic framework for the development of airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years, against the wider context of the air transport sector.


Air Transport White Paper Progress Report 2006

The report sets out the progress made in implementing the policies and proposals of the Air Transport White Paper Report, published in December 2003.


The Future of Air Transport - Summary

The White Paper sets out a strategic framework for the development of airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years, against the wider context of the air transport sector.


The Future of Air Transport - White Paper

The White Paper 'The Future of Air Transport', published on 16 December 2003, sets out a strategic framework for the development of airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years, against the wider context of the air transport sector.

Published:
10 December 2004

Archived content

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