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Cameron urged to show airport ‘courage’

Prime minister David Cameron must show “political courage” when it comes to setting the UK’s aviation policy, airport operators said last week.

Speaking at NCE’s Airport Design and Engineering conference, Airports Operators Association chief executive Darren Caplan urged Cameron to show the same commitment to his sector as he has to high speed rail.

“Political courage is needed,” he said. “With High Speed 2 Cameron was very clear. He found the evidence to back it up.

“To a certain extent [tackling lack of] airport capacity is the same thing but it needs a political leader to make it happen,”  he said.

Caplan said that UK airport capacity would be reached by 2040 and said Cameron has to “make decisions now if there is to be a satisfactory outcome in the next five years”.

He warned that there was still a “planning vacuum” following the ditching of the 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper.

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