• Jobs

    The aviation sector employs around 220,000 workers directly and supports many more.

  • Environment

    In the UK, domestic and international aviation emissions account for about 6% of total greenhouse gas emissions compared with 8% from domestic and international shipping.

  • Jobs

    UK airlines directly employ over 73,000 people.

  • Tax

    The UK has the highest levels of tax on air passengers in the world, raising over £3 billion a year for the Government.

Budget 2015 – BATA comment

Budget 2015 – BATA comment

“The Government has missed an opportunity to go further in setting a new course on Air Passenger Duty. Retaining the highest tax on flying in the world doesn’t make sense when you want to increase exports, expand inbound tourism and encourage UK businesses to invest and grow. “With the Scottish Government committed to halving APD rates when powers over the tax are devolved, and further devolution to Wales and the regions under consideration, the next Government should avoid unnecessary complication and boost the UK economy as a whole by simply abolishing APD in the new Parliament.” Read more

Ready for take off – UK airlines launch manifesto for new Parliament

Ready for take off – UK airlines launch manifesto for new Parliament

BATA has published its manifesto ahead of the General Election in May. ‘Ready for take off: our priorities for the new Parliament’ sets out the vitally important economic and social contribution that UK airlines make to national life. Five key policy areas are identified where action is required in the next Parliament to create a more level playing field from which UK airlines can compete, grow and deliver more in the years ahead. Read more

View from the Chief Executive – Spring 2015

The UK has a long and proud aviation history and our airlines are amongst the best in the world. Whether travelling for business or leisure, passengers can fly to hundreds of destinations and have a choice of carriers. With intense competition, fares are low and service standards are high. Our modern way of life – from the delivery of letters and packages, to just in time manufacturing and even some of the food we eat – depends on dedicated air freight services and the transporting of goods in the holds of passenger aircraft. Read more