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Alcohol policy / Culture & Tourism / Licensing / Regulation / 01 November 2018

BBPA responds to airport licensing laws consultation

Responding to the airport licensing laws consultation, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Millions of us enjoy a drink at airports as a relaxing way to start a hard-earned break. Any new measures to tackle the minority of disruptive passengers must therefore be proportionate and not penalise the responsible majority.

“This consultation issued by the Home Office today is comprehensive and raises a number of issues that need to be addressed. Although imposing the full Licensing Act on airports may be unnecessary and overly restrictive, there is much more airports and airlines can do to help tackle disruptive passengers.

“Best practice training for outlets selling alcohol at airports is an option. I know several airports are already doing this and are seeing a positive impact as a result.

“As demonstrated elsewhere in the sector, partnerships are the best way forward. Schemes such as Best Bar None, which promotes responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, could easily be adapted to an airport setting. The BBPA is already working with a number of airports and will continue to do all we can to ensure that alcohol is sold in a responsible way.”

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