• Economy

    Goods worth £116 billion are shipped by air between the UK and non-EU countries, representing 35% of the UK’s extra-EU trade by value.

  • Passengers

    Over 19 million passengers took domestic flights with UK airlines in 2013.

  • Tax

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

  • Economy

    Around three quarters of visitors to the UK arrive by air – and in 2013 they spent £17.75 billion.

British Air Transport Association responds to Liberal Democrat manifesto

British Air Transport Association responds to Liberal Democrat manifesto

Responding to the publication of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA) said: “I welcome the Liberal Democrats’ recognition of the value of tourism and heritage to the UK economy and their commitment to make sure the British tourism industry is able to compete with other major world destinations. Unfortunately, their opposition to any expansion at Heathrow or Gatwick (as well as Stansted or a new Thames Estuary airport) will make that task harder over time, and is at odds with their promise to carefully consider the conclusions of the Davies Review.” 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