6 JANUARY 2014

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Article from BTNews 6 JANUARY 2014

Airing the hub

A variety of views will be aired in 10 days time (Thursday 16 January) when many of the great and good of the airline industry will gather at the Grange Hotel near London’s Tower Bridge to discuss the Government’s Aviation Commission initial views.  Outlining the interim report will be the Commission’s Chairman, Sir Howard Davies.

Sir Howard will be joined at Runways UK by Heathrow and Gatwick bosses Colin Matthews and Stewart Wingate, along with ex-Concorde Chief Pilot, Jock Lowe, representing the ‘Heathrow Hub’ option.  Representing the Isle of Grain scheme is Huw Thomas of Foster + Partners.  Supporting speakers and panellists include Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive, Craig Kreeger; former Secretary of State for Transport Lord Adonis; Independent Travel Editor Simon Calder and CAA Chief Executive Andrew Haines.

Baroness Brenda Dean, Chair of Runways UK’s Advisory Board, said: “Sir Howard now has the unenviable task of identifying which scheme or schemes offer the best long-term solution – which balances economic, social and environmental impacts.”

“We are all delighted that Sir Howard has chosen Runways UK at which to articulate in more detail his thinking less than a month after release of his Interim Report and to talk about the Commission’s work programme going forward,” said Baroness Dean. www.runwaysuk.com

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