Branson praises UK aviation and welcomes Government

Branson praises UK aviation and welcomes Government

Sir Richard Branson has praised the UK airline indsutry ahead of the Queen’s Speech tomorrow. Onboard Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight between London and Acrra, Ghana, Branson said the aviation industry needed to be “strong and competitive”. He explained that after the Queen’s Speech tomorrow there will be several discussions on aviation law, per plane levy and carbon-cutting targets. “But before embarking on this, the new Government must acknowledge the crucial role aviation will play in the economic recovery of the UK and ensure the decisions that are made do not risk damaging its long-term prospects,” urged Branson. “Aviation employs over half a million people both directly and in its supply chain alone in the UK. Its role in bringing tourists, business and finance to the country should not be underestimated, and we trust that this will be recognised in tomorrow’s legislative announcements,” he added. “I think sometimes, amid stories of strikes and volcanic ash, it is forgotten that aviation is a great success story for the UK – a vibrant, liberalised industry which competes on the international stage and which is at the forefront of innovation as well as recognising its environmental responsibilities.”

Gary Marshall
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