5 NOVEMBER 2012
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UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced the names of a further five experts of a Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies to examine ways of how the UK’s status as a leading global aviation hub can be maintained.
Sir John Armitt CBE, the former Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and former Chief Executive of Network Rail.
Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Director of the LSE cities research centre.
Vivienne Cox, the former CEO and Executive Vice President of BP Alternative Energy and a former member of the BP Executive Management Team.
Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University and a member of the Committee on Climate Change, with a background in the aerospace industry.
Geoff Muirhead CBE, the former CEO of the Manchester Airport Group.
In brief, Mr McLoughlin noted that the Commission should report no later than the end of 2013 with an assessment of the steps needed to maintain the UK’s global hub status with recommendations for immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years.
By the summer of 2015 it should have assessed and advised on UK’s international connectivity needs with some firm proposals. www.dft.gov.uk/news
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