New analysis reveals thousands of jobs in the North West rely on aviation


Government figures show how the North West depends on good air links.

As the economy struggles to recover, the importance of air links to businesses in the North West has been made clear today, with figures available for all 39 local authorities1.

The analysis showed that in the North West:

• Goods worth 7.3bn were exported by air last year.

• 323,600 people work in tourism, a sector heavily reliant on air travel and international visitors.

• 375,866 people are employed by foreign-owned companies dependent on good air links for location and trade.

The analysis was carried out by the Aviation Foundation using Government statistics focusing on tourism, inward investment and exports. The aviation industry directly employs 220,000 people nationally but it is the thousands of businesses, from factories to B&Bs, which depend on the services provided by this workforce.

The Aviation Foundation has launched the Great British Flying Test campaign2 to highlight to politicians and communities the importance of aviation to the local economy. The campaign includes a film made in the town furthest away from a major international airport, showing how even here a striking number of local people rely on aviation.

CEOs of major airlines and airports represented by the Aviation Foundation backed the campaign. Willie Walsh of International Airlines Group, owner of British Airways, Colin Matthews of Heathrow, Charlie Cornish of M.A.G, owner of Manchester Airport and Steve Ridgway of Virgin Atlantic came together to say:

“Local businesses across the North West and the UK desperately need world-class air links. Britain has been a proud pioneer in aviation but we are in danger of taking this for granted and falling behind our better-connected competitors.

“We want to see a greater number of politicians championing aviation. Our Great British Flying Test campaign will be showing them how many of their constituents’ jobs depend on aviation and we look forward to discussing the results with them in the run-up to the next election.”

Watch the film at

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For further information:

Robert Gray, Executive Director, Aviation Foundation

or call the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email

Published on: 21/11/2012 17:25:28