UK bizav posits guarded optimism

Business aviation in the UK may be going through the most challenging period in its history, but signs of growth or renewal are now appearing. This was the key message from this year’s annual conference of the British Business & General Aviation Association (BBGA) – which was, of course, held virtually. Coping with the pandemic, a series of lockdowns, travel restrictions and uncertainties caused by Brexit had all certainly caused demand to shrink and operations to be drastically curtailed, but the picture may now be improving. Delegates pointed to a number of prospective ‘green shoots’: the speed of the UK’s vaccination rollout; the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown acting as a catalyst for a return of latent demand; as well as potential opportunities afforded by the UK’s new status as a trading nation outside the EU.

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