Keeping London at the forefront of global business
working with and for the whole UK
The aviation sector was hit hard and fast by the pandemic: months on, unpredictable changes to travel restrictions are still the norm and pre-departure testing is not.
The ultimate goal should be to establish common international standards, based on a robust testing regime, that can be rolled out for travel to and from all locations that meet the criteria and eliminate the need for blanket quarantine periods. This would not only protect public health but boost consumer confidence and get people, goods, and whole economies moving again.
For decades, London’s airports have been the front door to the UK serving as hubs of global connectivity for business, education, and the arts. This connectivity unleashes the creativity and collaboration that drives job creation and economic activity across the globe.
As we look ahead to recovery, it is critical to ensure that the aviation sector is reopened and re-established.
We will continue to engage with the Government on the support the sector needs to continue until a common international standard is agreed.
We will simultaneously champion the role of aviation in recovery, as a gateway to attracting the world – from tourists to international students and business people – back to London.
Our history: London First has consistently campaigned for sufficient airport capacity in London and the South East to meet demand, including initiating the Let Britain Fly campaign, a 30-strong national coalition which achieved campaign success, with government approving a new Heathrow runway. Today, we are working to support the sector return to the skies.