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A government report has concluded that insufficient airfield capacity for business aviation could have an adverse e...
A government report has concluded that insufficient airfield capacity for business aviation could have an adverse effect on local economies and national competitiveness.

There is a need, it suggests, for a wider perspective regarding the benefits of business aviation. These benefits should be taken into account, alongside the environmental impacts, when deciding within the planning framework on the future of individual airfields.

The report, published today by the department of transport and the department of trade and industry, was welcomed by aviation minister, Lord Goschen.

'Business aviation has an important role to play in helping to promote foreign and domestic trade, and, in that context, demand from companies for business aviation services is likely to grow. That demand is already high in the south-east.

'However, users increasingly need to find alternatives to the heavily congested facilities at Heathrow and, to a lesser extent, at Gatwick. I fully support the conclusion reached in this report that planning authorities, when deciding on the future of smaller airfields, must have regard to the economic benefits which local business aviation facilities can deliver.'

The report highlights the benefits of business aviation to the national, local and regional economies. It examines the prospects for the business aviation sector, its direct and indirect economic consequences and the facilities it needs - particularly in the London area.

Copies of Business Aviation are available from Roger Kinsey, Civil Aviation 1A, Department of Transport, Zone 2/31, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR (Tel: 0171-271 4922).

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