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Take-off for plan to make Britain's aviation sector world leader

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An ambitious plan to make Britain's aviation sector the world's greenest was announced by the government.

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A new strategy for the country's aviation sector will include proposals to tackle issues around noise, greenhouse gas emissions and airspace congestion.

Environmental proposals will see the introduction of new noise targets, strengthened noise controls at airports and improved compensation for people living near airports, the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed.

The government will also explore measures with industry to support the use of quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft, as well as the emergence of electric and hybrid technology, the DfT added.

In its plans unveiled Saturday the government also set out its plans to make the country's aviation sector world-leading in prioritizing passengers, fostering sustainable growth and promoting trade.

The aviation strategy document outlines proposals which will build on the aviation industry's work to improve the flying experience for passengers at every stage of their journey.

This will include new measures to help passengers make a more informed choice about their flight including providing more transparency on additional costs.

The document also outlines how the government will work with industry to ensure all passengers have a dignified and comfortable traveling experience, including ways to improve accessibility at airports and on aircraft and tackling the issue of disruptive passengers.

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: "Our world class aviation industry has a proud and accomplished history, from pioneering the first international routes to championing consumer choice.

"Working with industry, we want to improve the flying experience from booking to arrival, ensuring passengers are truly at the heart of the aviation sector."

The DfT said the aviation sector contributes at least 31 billion U.S. dollars to the British economy each year, employing thousands of staff.

The strategy will examine the agreements Britain has with other countries to operate flights, identify opportunities to improve connectivity and open up new routes for overseas investment.

Other proposals include reviewing the allocation of airport landing slots to ensure the process is fair, transparent and fosters a competitive marketplace which benefits consumers by offering more choice.

The final aviation strategy is due for publication in early 2019 following consultations in the sector.

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