“The UK government decision on slots, proposing the highest slot use threshold in the world, makes a mockery of their claims to be supporting the recovery of the airline industry and to be champions of the environment,” said Willie Walsh, IATA Director General. “Unfortunately, this is yet another example of administrative ineptitude from an out-of-touch government.
“Although demand for flying is improving. passengers continue to face travel and domestic restrictions in many parts of the world, so it is inconceivable that international demand will average 70% this summer. The Government is therefore condemning airlines to operate thousands of flights at low capacity which is environmentally stupid. It is particularly disappointing to see the government has failed to exploit its self-proclaimed “Brexit dividend”—on the contrary, it has put in place a more restrictive slot regime than the EU!”