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Abolishing Air Passenger Duty and ensuring the continuation of air routes after Brexit are two of the main demands being made by the UK’s airlines to the country's political parties.
Airlines UK, which represents 12 British-based carriers, has set out its key demands to politicians ahead of the general election on June 8.
The group has also called for the next government to “continue to express commitment to expansion at Heathrow airport at a reasonable cost”.
Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, said: “UK aviation is uniquely placed to deliver the government’s vision of a global, outward looking Britain. However, there are obstacles to maximising this opportunity and it is in these areas that we ask ministers to work with us in the next parliament.
“Brexit will continue to be an area of major interest, with aviation providing important economic connections that must continue once the UK leaves the EU.
“We look forward to the EU and UK reaching an agreement as soon as possible that allows consumers and businesses from all European countries to continue to travel to and from the UK and around Europe just as they do today.”
Airlines UK, which was formerly known as BATA, adds that abolishing APD will “transform the UK’s international competitiveness, boost trade and support tourism”.
Other demands include giving the Border Force more resources to help meet “passenger and airline expectations for queue times” and making it a criminal offence for passengers to drink their own alcohol onboard an aircraft.