Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator said:

“The UK Government recently looked at the issue of airport licencing rules and concluded that further action was unnecessary, partly due to the positive voluntary action already being taken by the aviation, retail and hospitality industry.

“Whilst the majority of airport travellers drink moderately, we recognise the problems caused by a minority. Reducing levels of disruptive alcohol-related behaviour is a shared responsibility and we are pleased to see that positive action is already being taken in this area by the aviation, retail and hospitality industry.

“Such initiatives include the extension of existing schemes, such as the Best Bar None initiative at Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports. We support further rollout of similar schemes across UK airports and encourage all travellers to drink responsibly.”