Aviation is a major UK industry, carrying over 235 million passengers a year and over 2.3 million tonnes of freight. Demand for air travel is projected to grow in the medium to long-term. DfT has put in place a long-term framework that balances the delivery of social and economic benefits from aviation, with the need to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of air transport and airport development.
Aviation is an industry that operates essentially without subsidy, and all key players are either in the private sector or operate commercially. The Department’s role is therefore to develop policies and long-term strategies; to facilitate their implementation; and to lead international negotiations in the aviation sector.