15 NOVEMBER 2021


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Article from BTNews 15 NOVEMBER 2021

Willie Walsh to Parliament *

In what may prove to be a most interesting session IATA Director General and former IAG Chairman, Willie Walsh, has been invited to answer questions before Westminster’s Transport Select Committee next Wednesday 17 November at 09:30.

The session will focus on how the UK aviation sector can ‘build back better’ for consumers, ensuring that rights to refunds are protected, that travel requirements are understandable and accessible and that the sector’s broader recovery takes account of sustainability.

Amongst the subjects likely to be raised are Heathrow Airport charges, slots and regional connectivity.  Tim Alderslade will represent British-registered airlines, which includes Norwegian and Ryanair.  The airports voice is Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association.  Also giving evidence is Neena Bhati, Head of Campaigns, Which? and Rt Hon Jenny Willott OBE, Chair, CAA Consumer Panel.  

Please note that Parliament has cancelled all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session will be available to watch online.  


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Paul Jones, London

Willie Walsh seems to be cropping up everywhere. It’s clearly easier to be the mouthpiece for the IATA than actually running an airline.