Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London
Katja Hall, Chief Policy Director, CBI
The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le Fylde
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
Runways UK (RUK) is a pro-expansion, but airport neutral, conference platform. Our events centre around discussion of the short, medium and long term aviation capacity needs of the United Kingdom as a whole, and to date have been timed to coincide with key milestones of the Sir Howard Davies Airports Commission. In the summer, the Commission is due to release its Final Report, containing a recommendation to Government as to where a new South East runway should be sited.
Runways UK 2015 will provide an opportunity to hear key stakeholder analysis of, and reaction to, Sir Howard's recommendation, which will be selected from his short-list of three options - two at Heathrow Airport and one at Gatwick. This critically important and high profile debate will mark the climax of over two and a half years of detailed evidence-based analysis on the country's long-term aviation capacity and connectivity needs. This 2-day event will also consider how we make best use of existing resources prior to any new runway capacity coming on stream.
Runways UK will continue to run events beyond the life of the Airports Commission, initially tracking the process through Parliament of the winning scheme, and ultimately its delivery.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: You may be aware that, on 8th May, the Commission published a consultation on the air quality implications of each proposal. This consultation runs for three weeks and closes at midday on Friday 29th May. Recent press reports have indicated that publication of the Final Report is still expected prior to 6th July, and consequently the timing of Runways UK 2015 will not be affected.
Our two-day programme covers in-depth analysis of Sir Howard's recommendation and the potential to create capacity through innovation
Our advisory board, chaired by Baroness Dean, includes a broad range of experts and thought-leaders who help shape the event
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