Aviation growth is key to UK competitiveness, says shadow transport secretaryMar 12, 2012
Maria Eagle was speaking on a visit to budget airline easyJet’s European headquarters at London Luton. Growth in aviation was key to the UK’s global competitiveness, she said.
Ms Eagle met members of easyJet’s senior management team, staff in the airline’s Operations Control Centre and some of its youngest and newest recruits from its European graduate programme.
The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (pictured with easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall) said: “This was a great opportunity to see at first hand an airport that is thriving and vital to not just the local but the wider economy.
"It is clear that we need sustainable aviation growth if we are to remain competitive as a nation. With so much pressure on capacity, airports such as Luton have a vital role to play in the years ahead.”
Executives discussed key policies affecting the aviation industry with the shadow minister.
easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “easyJet is the UK’s largest airline, we are a UK success story and we were pleased to have the opportunity to share our views on key policy matters that affect our industry.
“Today’s visit also recognises the importance of the aviation sector, which significantly contributes to the economy as a whole, and is a major driver of economic growth.”