The first major opportunity to hear direct from the promoter of the new runway recommended by the Airports Commission is to take place in less than two weeks’ time.

The Runways UK Summit will place take on 6-7 July at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. It is timed to follow the publication of the Commission’s final report, providing a unique and early opportunity to discuss the Commission’s recommendations and how they should be taken forward.

Chaired by Baroness Brenda Dean and moderated by Reeta Chakrabarti, the conference will be opened by Sir Howard Davies, Chair of the Airports Commission, and he will be followed by a high calibre line-up of speakers, the chosen promoter, politicians and experts, looking at not only the ramifications of the core recommendation – but key questions on what needs to be done to cope with demand in the interim, as well as the planning and transport implications that flow as a result of the recommendation.

Airliner (PD)Other speakers include: Lord Adonis, Andrew Haines (CEO, CAA), Mathew Bell, (CEx, Committee on Climate Change), Tony Tyler (DG & CEO IATA), Sophie Dekkers (UK Director of easyJet), Martin Rolfe (CEO NATS), Cllr David Hodge (Leader Surrey CC), Penelope Viscountess Cobham (Chair Visit England), Professor Tony Travers (Director, LSE), Mark Tanzer (CEO ABTA).

In addition to the first chance to debate the economic, social and environmental considerations that have gone into the Commission’s recommendation, there will also be an opportunity to learn more about technological innovation which will help to boost both capacity and resilience at the UK’s most constrained airports, and which is helping to change their noise and energy impact.

Baroness Brenda Dean – chair of the Runways UK advisory board said:

“The Runways UK event series has in a short time become the definitive meeting place for all those with an interest in developing airport capacity in the UK. We are confident that the Airports Commission will have published their report by the time of our Summit on July 6 and 7.  At that event we very much look forward to hosting Sir Howard and his team, the senior UK aviation industry and an extensive line-up of key stakeholder groups, at what will be the first detailed review of their recommendations”.

More information on the speakers, Runways UK partners and supporters can be found at

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