20 MARCH 2017
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The future of regional airports in the UK and priorities for connectivity, capacity and investment will be under discussion at a seminar organised by Westminster Forum Projects in central Birmingham on 6 April.
The event, against the background of the DfT draft airports national policy statement and Heathrow’s runway and capacity expansion, will include keynote addresses from Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe and his opposite number at Manchester, Ken O'Toole.
Also under consideration will be the government’s consultation on the use of UK airspace, the government-backed rollout of 11 new domestic routes under way and plans for major infrastructure investment in the Midlands, the North and London City Airport.
A key area of discussion is expected to be strategies for maximising the benefits of airport development for regions, devolved nations and businesses, as well as a focus on the effects of development on local traffic, air quality and carbon emissions.
Another agenda item is a look at the priorities for integrating airports into the transport network as the newly-established Transport for the North (TfN) begins its work on transport governance in the north of England.
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