Serious debate on UK airport capacity
"The best aviation conference I've attended in 30 years"
Runways UK is a pro-expansion platform for debate on the future of the UK's aviation infrastructure.
Runways UK was established to run independently of, but in parallel with, Sir Howard Davies' Airports Commission, set up to investigate and recommend the best location for runway expansion needed to meet the UK's aviation capacity needs. It secured the active participation of the Commission who viewed Runways UK as a key part of its stakeholder engagement activity.
The first Runways UK event, in January 2014, coincided with the launch of the Commission's Interim Report. The 2015 Runways UK took place on 6/7 July 2015 within a week of the Final Report's release. In between Runways UK ran a number of smaller satellite events focusing on niche issues - including surface access, land use and regional connectivity.
The 2015 event brought together over 500 delegates and 22 exhibitors and sponsors, it attracted 75 journalists, plus two live TV news crews. It provided an opportunity to hear key stakeholder analysis of, and reaction to, the Commission's recommendations. This marked the climax of nearly three years of detailed evidence-based analysis on the country's long-term aviation capacity and connectivity needs.
Speakers at Runways UK events include Sir Howard Davies, Lord Adonis, Colin Matthews, John Holland-Kaye, Stewart Wingate, Jock Lowe, Baroness Jo Valentine, Vicky Pryce, Sir Richard Leese, Michèle Dix and many others. Runways UK's active advisory board is chaired by Baroness Brenda Dean.