Committed to improve fuel efficiency of new aircraft by 50 per cent by 2020.

More than 700,000 direct and indirect jobs.

More than £11bn contributed to UK GDP in 2006.

Committed to improve fuel efficiency of new aircraft by 50 per cent by 2020.

Over 50%  of people in the UK flew in 2006.

£18bn in international tourism-related receipts  in 2005.

Flying Matters


FlyingMatters seeks to contribute to a balanced and informed debate on aviation's contribution to climate change.

We want to ensure that within the public debate proper account is taken of the economic and social benefits of aviation.

We promote the technological progress made and being made to ensure flying is as clean and quiet as possible both today and in the future.

We aim to demonstrate that the environmental costs of aviation can and are being addressed effectively, efficiently and fairly.

We believe that in this way those who rely on and value the opportunities to do business in the global economy, to travel on holiday, or to simply see friends and relatives in other parts of the world, can be reassured that they can fly sustainably.


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The Rt Hon Brian Wilson stood down at the last election after 18 years in Parliament. Between 1997-2005, he held five Ministerial posts, including Minister for Trade and Minister for Energy.

Latterly, he acted as the Prime Minister's Special Representative on overseas trade and since leaving Parliament, he has continued to take a close interest in the energy sector.

He is a director of Celtic FC, whose centenary history he wrote. He is married with three children and lives in Glasgow and the Isle of Lewis.

Who we are

FlyingMatters represents a broad coalition of all those interested in supporting sustainable growth in aviation including the business community, trade unions, tourism bodies and a wide range of air transport users, in addition to the aviation industry (airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air traffic control).

A full list of members appears below.  Clicking on the logos will take you directly to the member’s own website.

Members Supporters
  • CBI
  • Visit London
  • Visit Britain
  • QinetiQ