THE DIRECTOR GENERAL and CEO of IATA, Giovanni Bisignani, made a scathing attack on the British Government during a speech at the Aviation Club in London. He claimed that the UK has “failed to maintain the cost competitiveness of its airports,” citing The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which ranks the UK 133 out of 133 countries. “And it is number 129 on fuel prices and 121 on ticket taxes and airport charges,” he added. “In November 2010, Air Passenger Duty increased to £2.7 billion annually. Environment policy should not be designed around paying the bills for the government’s failure to effectively regulate the financial sector.” He also commented on the current policy of not adding a runway at London/Heathrow. “The government’s decision to ignore decades of studies supporting additional capacity at Heathrow was incredibly short-sighted,” he said.