31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020


On Wednesday (2 September) John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport Ltd will effectively ‘go live’ with a webinar address to members and their guests of the Aviation Club UK. 

Already registered are some of the foremost personages involved one way or another in this most complex of industries.

The Aviation Club was founded in February 1990 to create a networking forum for members and a vehicle for promoting and developing all aspects of civil aviation. Its home is London’s prestigious Royal Automobile Club (RAC).

The Club has more than 500 professional members from a broad cross-section of the civil aviation community. The membership is drawn from airlines, airports, The City, finance houses, manufacturers, regulators and the media.

More than 200 Chief Executives, Secretaries of State and other leading opinion formers have spoken over the years, many of them making the next day’s headlines.

We are not privy to what John has to say in these most difficult of times but he is bound to emphasize the efforts of Heathrow to introduce virus testing at the airport.  These still await Government approval.  

Mr Holland-Kaye is also bound to emphasize the role Heathrow plays in the country’s economy.

Heathrow has trialled three rapid points of care testing solutions on colleagues to understand how these tests might be quickly conducted outside of a laboratory. These testing trials are in partnership with Collinson and Swissport. 

The airport tells us that findings are being shared with Government as it considers how testing could be used to get aviation off the ground, whilst protecting public health.  Heathrow’s efforts will complement the Government’s own investigation regarding the usability of similar tests, strengthening the research being done in this area by trialling alternative suppliers.

Heathrow is Britain’s major international gateway and John in many ways is the leading spokesman for all the country’s 65 commercial airports, the life support machine of the United Kingdom. 

Next Wednesday’s dissertation should be very interesting.  Ministers should have no excuse not to watch.  There are bound to be video versions too.




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Paul Harris, Crawley

Well done the Aviation Club in taking the initiative. I plan for a group of us to get together to hear what he has to say, complete with lunch. We will be networking in a small way, and not even in London.

Peter Philips, Belfast

Well said. Ministers have no excuse not to listen the man who runs Britain’s gateway. Or a video version later in the day.

Toby Clark, London

If the Holland-Kaye talk works out well I trust that the Aviation Club Committee will invite Alex Cruz next month. Or Walsh to reflect on his time. I think he spoke to the Club in 2005 when he was out of work.