The UK government has launched its new aviation policy framework, which is a long-term strategy aimed at maintaining the nation's reputation as one of the best connected countries on the planet.
It looks at ways to enhance the aviation sector's contribution to overall gross domestic product, as well as reducing noise pollution and carbon emissions.
The UK currently has the third-largest air network in the world, after the US and China, and it pumps £18 billion into the nation's economy.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the UK's air travel industry needs to be equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.
He remarked: "This document strikes the right balance between allowing the aviation industry to thrive while minimising impacts on the environment and local communities."
However, the government confirmed the new strategy would not cover the airport capacity issues in the south-east of England, as this is being dealt with by an independent commission led by Sir Howard Davies.
Owners of Heathrow and Gatwick have outlined the desperate need for extra runway space in this part of the country in the past few weeks.