ABTA has criticised Conservative party plans for aviation as ‘illogical, ill-conceived and totally unworkable’.
ABTA chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “The Conservative Party announcement that they are against airport expansion at Heathrow and will actively discourage aviation travel is totally illogical. A knee-jerk reaction is not what is needed, particularly when many thousands of jobs depend on aviation and inward investment could well be threatened.
“What about travellers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the regions who have no choice but to use Heathrow as their gateway to international destinations – their plight seems to have been totally overlooked?
“I have written to shadow secretary of state for transport Theresa Villiers highlighting the serious implications of following this course of action and asking her to reconsider this policy stance.”
The shadow secretary of state for transport announced at the Conservative party Conference in Birmingham that the Conservative Party would say ‘no’ to a third runway at Heathrow in favour of expansion of a national high speed rail network.
Mark Tanzer added: “High-speed rail has its place as part as an integrated transport system but should be seen as complementary to air travel – not an expensive substitute.
“Lack of capacity at our airports is damaging our economy it is bad for customers, bad for the industry and ultimately bad for the environment when we have planes in holding patterns across the skies above our heads waiting for landing slots.”