The Department for Transport has last week released an aviation white paper setting out policy excluding the south east.
The framework aims to limit the number of people affected by aircraft noise; ensure the sector contributes to reducing global emissions; make better use of existing runway capacity and encourage more collaboration between the aviation industry and local stakeholders.
But it will not cover capacity in the south east with this work being carried out by the Davies Commission.
“The UK is already one of the best connected countries in the world but if we want to maintain our premier league status we need an aviation sector that is equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
“This document strikes the right balance between allowing the aviation industry to thrive while minimising impacts on the environment and local communities.”