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10/24/2013 | PR Newswire

LONDON, October 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


The new UK aviation minister Robert Goodwill believes the Davies Commission's interim report will provide a key insight into the future question of air capacity in the UK.

Speaking for the first time in his new role, and exclusively to Airport Operators TV, Mr Goodwill said he was keeping an open mind on the outcomes of December's report, and acknowledged that the implications of the Commission's outcomes will reach beyond the next General Election.

"I'm keeping an open mind until I see what is in the report, let's not prejudge what Davies has to say," he said.

He added: "We tend to look at the next election as the horizon but in terms of capacity in the South East we need to look at the middle of this century and how we can move forward."

Mr Goodwill also defend the Government's position on Air Passenger Duty, stating that the aviation industry had just as much a role to play as any other in economic growth.

"Aviation has its part to play in redressing the deficit problems, other people also see aviation as a major cause of pollution and therefore feel they should make some contribution to paying in," he said.

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