8 JUNE 2015

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Article from BTNews 8 JUNE 2015

Airports Commission and Runways UK

When will the Airports Commission make its final report and what will be the Government response? 

The Smith Commission (Scottish Devolution) seems to have been waved through without protest by the politicians, although there are serious ramifications regarding APD.  Will 'Davies' be accepted in the same way? (see  BTN  11 May)

Runways UK, the unique gathering of all concerned with the future of air travel in the UK, is now ‘set in stone’ for 6-7 July at London’s Grange Hotel Tower Bridge.  Will the report be published by then, or on the opening day?  Or after!

More details of the speakers have been revealed:

  • Robbie Owen of law firm Pinsent Masons – will explain the 'what next' in terms of the policy and planning routes to implement the Commission's recommendations: either a development consent order (DCO) or a Government hybrid bill.
  • Tony Travers of London School of Economics – will discuss what will be the wider influence of a new runway on development opportunities and economic growth, not only in London and the SE, but throughout the UK.
  • Iain Painting from town planners Barton Willmore – will use the platform to explain how to plan for and leverage the broader economic benefits from improved aviation capacity. www.runwaysuk.com

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