12 JULY 2021
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The 5th British-Irish Airports EXPO is now set to open next summer at its new venue ExCeL London, close by London City Airport (LCY).
With the Elizabeth Line from Heathrow and central London due to finally begin passenger carrying about that time the show could be one of the first beneficiaries next summer, the two-day event running 8-9 June 2022.
The EXPO reboots the UK-Irish airport industry, backed by a “common interest hosting coalition” comprising Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airports Group and Gatwick Airport, alongside two key Strategic Partners – the British Aviation Group (BAG), the airport supplier trade association representing over 200 companies, and the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA), the regional airports trade association of over 40 UK and British Dependency airports.
Expected are around 150 exhibitors and some 2,500 trade visitors, not only from the UK and Ireland, but Europe as well, the proximity of LCY helping, and also the possibility of direct train services to Heathrow.
“2020 was traumatic for the whole travel industry,” said Paul Hogan, Director of the show. “We had to postpone the move from Olympia. That was inevitable. But the airports were never dead.
“The support we are now getting from the country’s leading airports, the 200+ airport suppliers belonging to the British Aviation Group, and the 40+ regional airports of RABA is a testament to their solid belief in the future of the sector.”
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