Aviation leaders call for further support in Budget

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Northern airport bosses have joined forces to call on government to back their struggling sector in its Budget this week, while developing a manageable, realistic and cost-effective system that would enable travel to restart in mid-May.

Leaders of gateways in all parts of the north of England have written to prime minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to recognise the importance of aviation to his “levelling-up Britain” ambitions.

Aviation leaders are seeking the direct financial support they argue is needed to protect the industry until it is able to fully re-open.

The letter has been signed by leaders from Manchester Airport, Carlisle Lake District Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Newcastle International Airport.

Collectively, the airports handled nearly 50 million passengers in 2019, supported more than 200,000 jobs and generated around £14 billion for the economy of the north of England.