Davies Commission launches call on economic value of aviation

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Head of the UK Airports Commission Sir Howard Davies has issued a call for evidence on the direct relationship between aviation connectivity of the UK contributes to its economy as part of study into the future of airport capacity in the south east.

Davies, who is leading the commission charged with tackling the thorny issue of future airport capacity notably at London Heathrow, has issued a discussion paper entitled Aviation Connectivity and the Economy which proposes, in detail, that there is a direct relationship between a nation's economy and the air services accessible there, but has called for more independent evidence to establish associated value indices.

The Commission was set up by the UK government in November to study the UK's need for additional airport capacity, reporting by summer 2015.

"Understanding the value of airport connectivity and whether we are falling behind other countries is one of the key issues we need to understand. This paper attempts to summarise our current state of knowledge and invites responses to help us to develop our understanding," explains Davies.

The paper itself sets out what Davies is calling for. "We are inviting submissions and evidence by 19 April 2013 to inform the development of our framework for the assessment of need for new airport capacitySubmitted evidence will support the Commission's efforts to deliver an assessment of the nature, scale and time of the UK's need for airport capacity as part of its interim report at the end of 2013."