The mechanism will inform decisions on major increases in aviation capacity, said transport secretary Douglas Alexander, and 'will consider whether the aviation sector is meeting its external climate change costs'.
Mr Alexander yesterday reported progress made in implementing the policies and proposals set out in the government's 2003 Future of air transport white paper included:
* Royal assent of the Civil Aviation Act, strengthening powers over the control of aircraft noise and local air quality
* Industry progress in reducing the noise of the airline fleet and in addressing local air quality issues
Mr Alexander said:
'The progress report confirms our intention that aviation should meet its climate change costs and should limit noise and pollution at airports across the country. At the same time, we must ensure that the UK has the airport capacity it needs to enhance its economic performance.'
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