Airports Commission publishes proposals for short and medium term options for making the best use of existing airport capacity
The Airports Commission has published a paper summarising the range of options received from external submitters for making best use of existing capacity in the short and medium term (meaning measures that do not require new runways or terminals, and could be introduced within under 5 years, or over 5 years). In February 2013 the Commission asked for submissions on this, with a deadline of 17th May, and some 75 responses were received from organisations and individuals. They are now inviting anyone who did not comment then to do so now, with a deadline of 27th September. (There is also a deadline of 27th September for comments on the airport capacity proposals). The Airports Commission will make recommendations to government on short and medium term options in its interim report at the end of 2013. The Commission says it is “now working on analysing the evidence and ideas put forward. This will include detailed consideration of each measure’s impact (both positive and negative) on areas such as the environment, capacity, resilience and connectivity.”
Short and medium term options: proposals for making the best use of existing airport capacity
Summary of proposals submitted to the Airports Commission for making best use of existing airport capacity in the short and medium term.
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This publication summarises the proposals received by the Airports Commission from stakeholders for making best use of existing airport capacity in the short and medium term. The publication also lists organisations that submitted proposals. The Airports Commission will make recommendations to government on short and medium term options in its interim report at the end of 2013.
The Airports Commission says that: “Due to the large number of submissions received and the level of overlap between submissions, we are publishing this summary document rather than the individual 75 submissions, which is intended to provide an accessible summary of the options submitted.”
We are now working on analysing the evidence and ideas put forward. This will include detailed consideration of each measure’s impact (both positive and negative) on areas such as the environment, capacity, resilience and connectivity. As part of this work we have been meeting proposers, where we require further clarification on their proposals, as well as a range of other stakeholders. We expect this to continue throughout the year.
The options can be broken down into the following nine broad categories:
Airport Operations options for changes to the operations of particular airports, or to the general principles of UK airport operation.
Airspace Operations options for the more efficient management of the UK’s airspace beyond the bounds of individual airports.
Slot/Scheduling options for changes to the governance and incentive
mechanisms around the use of slots.
Regulatory options for changes to the regulatory and legal frameworks that govern the UK’s aviation sector.
Air Passenger Duty (APD) options for changes to the tax regime to promote different uses of the UK’s airport capacity.
Air Services Agreement options for the promotion of bilateral and international agreements to encourage the development of new routes between the UK and overseas destinations.
Surface Transport options for the provision of new or enhanced infrastructure to improve the surface access to particular airports and or for changes to the operation of the UK’s existing surface transport infrastructure so as to better support the aviation sector.
Financial Incentivisation options for non-tax changes to the financial incentives in place around the use of the UK’s airport capacity.
Night Flight and Enhanced Mitigation options for changes to the night flights regimes in place at various UK airports and to reduce the adverse impacts of aviation.
Traffic Redistribution rules for mandating or incentivising changes to the usage of particular UK airports (this has some overlap with the two categories above).
Stakeholders who wish to comment on these proposals should send their responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 September 2013. Submissions should make it clear in the subject line of the email that it relates to the short and medium term options.
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