Policy paper

The future of air transport

This publication was published under the 2001 to 2005 Labour government

Sets out a framework for the future development of air transport over the next 30 years.



This white paper sets out a strategic framework to improve airport capacity in the United Kingdom over the next 30 years.

It sets out policies which will guide decisions on future planning applications and against which public bodies, airport operators and airlines can plan ahead. It also outlines our conclusions, and the conclusions of devolved administrations where appropriate, on the case for expansion at airports across the country.