Royal Aeronautical Society Calls on Government to Support Aviation Industry

Royal aeronautical society joins aviation industry in urging government support for struggling sector

On the occasion of the travel industry’s “Day of Action”, The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) has today issued a statement of support for the struggling aviation sector.

Sir Brian Burridge FRAeS, Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society, said: “The Covid pandemic has already had a devastating effect on the aviation industry with little respite in sight and, with the prospect of a ‘lost summer’, further damage is inevitable. This, of course, has also had a serious knock-on effect throughout the aerospace manufacturing sector, not least in adversely affecting the supply chains and, ultimately, the whole economy.

“It is increasingly clear that the vital relief represented by a more active summer season which is so important for airlines, airports and air navigation service providers will not materialise universally as a result of continued travel restrictions. Taken together, the aviation and tourism trade associations have an extremely strong case to make for direct Government intervention and we support that position.

“It is however with some relief that we see positive evidence that airlines, airports and manufacturers have continued throughout this difficult period to invest in their decarbonisation plans.  British Airways’ investment in sustainable aviation fuels with the prospect of a large-scale commercial biorefinery in the UK is but one example. Likewise, from earlier this month, Heathrow Airport’s investment has resulted in the provision of synthetic biofuels to its customers. It is vital that this work continues and that it is also supported by the Government.

“All of these aspects should be wrapped-up within a UK Aviation Recovery Package as proposed by the Transport Select Committee almost a year ago. The situation is becoming more urgent by the day.”