UK air cargo community must improve collaboration

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Pictured left to right Julie Maddocks, Head of Media Relations, FTA, Mark Olney, GM Cargo, Europe, Middle East, India & Africa, Air Canada Cargo, Nick Platts, Head of Cargo, Heathrow Airport Limited, Alex Veitch, Head of Global Policy, FTA, Larry Coyne, CEO, Coyne Airways Ltd, Neil Robinson, Director of Sustainability, The Manchester Airports Group.

The UK air cargo community would find it much easier to influence government aviation policy if it collaborated more closely, Heathrow Airport head of cargo, Nick Platts believes.

Speaking at the Mulitmodal 2016 seminar, ‘Future of UK Airports’, Platts told delegates attending the event in Birmingham that one united voice would benefit the air cargo industry. He cited the community at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as the ‘international benchmark’.

Platts says: “I think that a community speaking with one voice would be an enormous benefit to the UK. Unfortunately I can’t see it happening as no one talks to each other.”

His views were echoed by The Manchester Airports Group director of sustainability, Neil Robinson, who added that the UK needs to look at short, medium and long term needs. “Mainland European airports are absorbing UK volumes, impacting on connectivity and reducing overall GVA performance. We need all stakeholders to speak with one voice on policies such as the environment and noise control.”