Our submission draws on our report, Flying into the Future, published in December 2012, where the proposals are explained in more detail. This document is
structured into four parts:
- Making best use of existing capacity
- Integrating air and rail
- Reducing taxes
- Improving the visa and border regime.
In our view, any plan for aviation needs to be holistic in nature. It needs to consider the end-to-end passenger journey, which includes getting permission to enter the UK in the first place (visas and borders), the cost of the ticket (taxes), getting to and from the airport (integrating air and rail) and the availability of routes and timely arrivals and departures (making best use of existing capacity, and ultimately adding new hub capacity).
Too often in the UK these aspects of journeys have been thought about in individual silos. The Airports Commission has a great opportunity to think in a more holistic way.
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