EMBARGO: Immediate, 7th October 2013

The Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade body which represents UK airports, has responded to the speech delivered today by Sir Howard Davies, Chair of the independent Airports Commission that is currently looking into the UK’s future airport capacity needs.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the AOA, said: “Sir Howard Davies has made an interesting speech today, in which he set out the Commission’s emerging thinking on maintaining the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation. In March, the Government published its Aviation Policy Framework, which supported sustainable aviation growth in the years ahead. Sir Howard’s speech gave further backing to aviation growth in the future too. This is something that the Airport Operators Association strongly supports.

“We now look forward to seeing the Commission’s Interim Report in December and the Final Report in 2015; and we urge the Commission to continue to look at all options, stick to the timetable it set itself, and to seek political consensus to enable aviation to grow for the benefit of UK plc in the years ahead.”

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The Airport Operators Association: The AOA is the trade association that represents UK airports. Its mission is to see UK airports grow sustainably. It represents the views of UK airports to Government, Parliament and Regulators to secure policy outcomes that help deliver our mission. The AOA represents some 50+ UK airports and general aviation airfields in the UK. For more information, please visit

Tim Alderslade
Public Affairs & PR Manager