The UK has a strong and successful air transport sector, with an annual turnover of around £26 billion. Airports and airlines operate on a commercial basis, but the Department for Transport is taking appropriate steps to promote the sustainable growth of the aviation industry in the UK, consistent with meeting our global and local environmental objectives.
Enterprise Zones around airports such as Manchester, Cardiff, Luton aim to generate new businesses and jobs through a combination of fiscal measures and simplified planning controls. Investments in road and rail access to airports—such as Regional Growth Fund awards of £19.5 million, £40 million and £18 million for improvements around Luton, Manston and Robin Hood airports respectively—will promote growth as well as improve the passenger experience.
We intend to publish a sustainable aviation policy framework for UK aviation in July, which will set out further details of the steps the Department is taking.