5 MAY 2014
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Following the surprise resignation of Colin Matthews as CEO of Heathrow Airport Ltd (see BTN 14 April) Business Travel News has learnt that a replacement appointment could be imminent. The owner of Heathrow itself plus Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Southampton airports, plans to unveil its long term strategy for its London hub on 13 May. It is likely that this could be delivered by the new appointee.
It is thought that there are three male candidates for the position, that person playing a vital role in selling the idea to the Airport Commission that Heathrow is the right place to host London’s new runway for the 2030s. In its interim report the Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, indicated that the fight was between Heathrow and Gatwick, although it is taking another look at ideas for the Estuary.
The winner of the contest is likely to be from within the airline/airport industry as there is no learning curve, the new Chief Executive ready to promote (and know about) Heathrow from day one. He must also be a salesman to dispose of the three regional airports at useful prices, and as quickly as possible. Assuming he is in place he will meet the Queen on 24 June. www.heathrowairport.com/about-us
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