Photo: The Chinese city of Shanghai.
Routes to and from the UK to countries in the Middle East and cities in China are key to the future of UK aviation according to multiple speakers at the Airport Operators Association’s annual conference.
Chairman Ed Anderson began the conference by addressing how much tourism from China contributes to GDP and aviation development in the UK in passenger and freight volumes.
Speaking on specific case studies, Hong Kong routes from Manchester Airport currently contribute £500m to the regional economy in the North West of England; Middle Eastern routes into Edinburgh operated by Emirates also contribute a number to GDP.
Even East Midlands in the middle of England sees its fair share of Chinese tourists whom base themselves in the region and then use other forms of transport such as coaches to explore the UK.
These new route developments were highlighted as an importance by the UK’s transport minister, Chris Grayling and AOA chairman, Ed Anderson, who noted that overall the aviation industry employs over a million people.