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Article from BTNews 9 NOVEMBER 2020

AOA Annual Conference

This morning, Monday 9 November, sees the AOA Annual Conference likely to be the shortest on record but also one of the most interesting.  But you need to be tuned in early to hear keynote speaker Secretary of State for Transport Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP.  He is the lead of a thought-provoking line-up. Whether he has any real news remains to be seen.

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Jim McMahon MP and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham are at AOA.

The first session kicks off at 09:30 called ‘A Challenging year for UK Airports – political perspectives’.  Viewers will be able to hear the Minister's perspectives of the state of our industry, and how it can bounce back once again to be the world leading airline industry we have always been: the real passport for a Global Britain.
Next up at 10:30 ‘Operating in a Covid world – Response, Recovery and Resilience in 2021’, will explore the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 and how a variety of airports have responded to the challenge of Covid-19, what more they think will need to change; and how the recovery is expected to take place over the coming months and years. Attendees will be able to ask our panellists questions in the Q&A afterwards.
The final session, starting at 11:30, will explore two important topics, the Government’s agenda of ‘levelling up’ the UK’s regions, and the all-important global challenge of building a sustainable aviation sector for the net-zero world. Powering the economy and protecting the environment will explore how aviation can best serve the needs of domestic and international travellers, alongside the environmental efforts made by aviation companies to date and the key challenges and developments we will need to embrace.

Participants include:

•    Captain Rob Bishton, Group Director of Safety & Airspace Regulation, CAA
•    Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS Group
•    John Holland-Kaye, CEO Heathrow Airport
•    Dr Rannia Leontaridi, Director for Aviation, Department for Transport
•    Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
•    Derek Provan, Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports
•    Robert Sinclair, CEO London City Airport
•    Stewart Wingate, CEO Gatwick Airport

The event will conclude at 12:30.

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George Grant, Manchester

Well done AOA in getting some the bosses of the London airports on the same stage, but why not Luton and Stansted (MAG)?

Sarah Soames, Hampstead

A Minister for Travel must be the answer, reporting to the Transport Secretary.

Simon Smith, London

I suppose by the time this is read Mr Shapps may have said something of value. The governments silence specifically on air travel has been deafening.