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, event 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. The Commission released its Final Report on 1st July in which, of its three short-listed schemes for a new South East runway, it recommended Heathrow Airport's NW runway proposal.
Our most recent event - Runways UK 2015 on 6th and 7th July attracted over 500 delegates and provided an opportunity to hear key stakeholder analysis of, and reaction to, Sir Howard's recommendation. This critically important and high profile debate marked the climax of nearly three years of detailed evidence-based analysis on the country's long-term aviation capacity and connectivity needs. The two-day event also considered 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 Government's decision-making process following Sir Howard's recommendation and more broadly, continuing to debate the UK's overall aviation capacity needs.
Our advisory board, chaired by Baroness Dean, includes a broad range of experts and thought-leaders who help shape the event