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Grange Tower Bridge, London, 6-7 July

Runways UK

"It is vital to ensure that we have a fully integrated transport system that will increase capacity & enable future growth for freight & passengers"

Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London

Runways UK

"We want a cross-party commitment now to accept its final recommendations in 2015 to stop us going back to square one yet again."

Katja Hall, Chief Policy Director, CBI

Runways UK

"Getting it right on aviation capacity is absolutely vital for the UK's economic growth and prosperity. The Davies Commission offers that opportunity"

The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le Fylde


"The AOA welcomes Runways UK's initiative to explore the long-term decisions facing the UK Government and the Airports Commission"

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association


The Independent Platform for Runway Debate

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.  The Commission is due to release its Final Report imminently, containing a recommendation to Government as to where a new South East runway should be sited.   

Runways 2015, 6-7 July, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London

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 nearly three years of detailed evidence-based analysis on the country's long-term aviation capacity and connectivity needs. This two-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 Government's decision-making process following Sir Howard's recommendation and more broadly, continuing to debate the UK's overall aviation capacity needs.

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 ran for three weeks and closed on Friday 29th May.  The Final Report is still expected prior to 6th July, and consequently the timing of Runways UK 2015 will not be affected.

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Our two-day programme covers in-depth analysis of Sir Howard's recommendation and the potential to create capacity through innovation

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Core themes include

  • Sir Howard's recommendation for the location of the UK's next runway
  • In depth analysis and reaction from politicians, the aviation industry, business, environmental groups, local communities, and the travelling public
  • Making the most of existing resources and meeting capacity needs in the interim
  • Generation of additional capacity through technological innovation
  • Legal and strategic planning to deliver Sir Howard's recommendation

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