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Towards a sustainable aviation industry for the UK

After the Airports Commission

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A SUSTAINABLE AVIATION INDUSTRY FOR THE UK

Contents Introduction Actions for safe and sustainable aviation

Chapter 1: Civil aviation – from luxury to commodity

Foreword

3

Committee on climate change

18

Air quality

19

3

Noise

19

4

Chapter 5 – Environmental solutions

20

A brief history

4

Research and development

21

Liberalisation

5

Performance-Based Navigation

21

Prices

5

Aircraft and aero engine design

21

Volume

6

Managing demand

22

Passenger experience

7

Taking the train

23

The ‘low cost’ business model

8

Emissions trading

23

Flags of convenience

9

Polluter pays

23

Air traffic management

10

Horizon scan

11

Chapter 2 – The true cost of safe air travel 13

Chapter 6 – Regulators: who are they and what do they do? 25 EU and UK regulators

25

Single European Sky

25

Engineering maintenance

13

Why we oppose SES2+

26

NATS’ performance

14

World Trade Organisation’s Trade In Services Agreement 27

Chapter 3 – Increased airport capacity

15

Chapter 7 – Aviation workers

28

Falling behind

15

Good work

28

Prospect’s position

16

Managing fatigue

28

Regional hubs

16

Reporting safety incidents

28

No more dithering

16

Social dialogue and standards

29

Chapter 4 – Aviation and the environment

18

Climate change

18

EU emissions trading scheme

18

Published by Prospect, September 2015 New Prospect House, 8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN T 020 7902 6600 F 020 7902 6667 E [email protected]

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Prospect prides itself on understanding the sectors its members work in. This enables us to blend our staff and representative expertise to produce powerful narratives about change and its consequences. Aviation typifies the complex and critical environments in which Prospect members and representatives are key to success. They cover the range of occupations that make the sector work and their expertise is unparalleled. Anyone who wants to learn more about a sector that is essential to national prosperity should read this report. It examines the interplay between regulation, commercial demands and technological change. As a union, we are not opposed to change. But we challenge change that is ill thought out, short term and uncoordinated. This is particularly crucial when resourcing and risk assessment are at the core of delivering safe air travel. We resolutely put safety first and work to ensure that those who share this view deliver it. The sector also has to tackle its obligations to the environment, which the travelling public increasingly expect to be addressed. We want sustainable change that addresses members’ legitimate expectations to: • enjoy good work

• operate in a workplace culture that encourages their development and • respects the difficult judgements they make daily. Our members in aviation want us to be a vo