The ICE has urged the government to rethink its decision to veto new runways at the country’s busiest airports.
In a new report published today, Rethinking Aviation, the ICE warns that without new runway capacity the UK’s global competitiveness would come under threat from European rivals that have been boosting their hub runway capacity at a considerable rate.
The government has ruled out building more runway capacity in the south east as part of its aim to reduce carbon emissions.
The ICE said it accepts that unrestrained growth in demand for air travel without quick improvements in aircraft efficiency would damage the environment and needs addressing.
“We agree the green agenda must be a priority, and realise that when it comes to the UK’s airport infrastructure needs, there are some tough political and public choices,” said ICE aviation expert Simon Godfrey-Arnold.
“But air transport and airport infrastructure are vital for the UK’s international connectivity and prosperity. As a trading island nation and popular tourist destination we depend on our ability to connect with the rest of the world,” he said.