FTA aviation working group ready for take off

As increasing airport capacity in the south east of England remains high on the government agenda, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is launching a new Air Freight Working Group to look at issues affecting the sector.

FTA reiterates that air freight is a crucial part of UK logistics and the wider economy, and a number of issues are currently under discussion at national and international level that will shape the UK sector for years to come.

The new group, which is open to all FTA members with an interest in air freight, will focus on establishing a clear FTA vision and strategy for air freight, and promoting the economic benefits of the air freight sector to governments across the UK and the EU.

Alex Veitch, FTA Head of Global Policy, said: “The group will enable us to develop an action plan to engage constructively with airport owners, operators and airlines to improve air freight facilities, and to continue to engage with UK government on aviation capacity in the south east of England.”

The new group will report to FTA’s British Shippers’ Council and will operate on a ‘task and finish’ basis.  This means it will deliver agreed objectives and then disband, unless members see value in developing it into a permanent committee.

Three meetings are planned for 2016 – the first is scheduled for April.

FTA members interested in joining can contact Alex Veitch via email: aveitch@fta.co.uk