The AOA presents ‘Airport Matters 2017’, a collaboration with ITN Productions

The Airport Operators Association are excited to announce we are partnering with ITN Productions to produce a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the challenges, procedures and future of aviation and airports.

The UK aviation industry is the largest in the EU and the third largest in the world, ‘Airport Matters 2017’ will bring this to life and showcase the innovations, people and skills that are driving this industry forward at a staggering pace. The programme will also look at the economic growth supported by our aviation industry.

With airspace modernisation high on the agenda, ‘Airport Matters 2017’ will explain the importance and benefits this will bring as well as exploring security, safety, sustainability and developments within our airports.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60 year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will be anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky to combine key interviews and reports with sponsored editorial profiles from organisations who continue to push the industry forward.

Premiered at the AOA Annual Conference Exhibition & Awards Dinner on 30-31st October at The Lancaster London Hotel, the programme will form part of an extensive communications campaign featuring AOA members, industry partners, government partners, as well as relevant journalists, writers and bloggers.

AOA Chief Executive Karen Dee said: “The AOA is delighted to be partnering with ITN Productions to produce Airports Matters. Aviation is a UK success story that not only provides a million people with jobs across the UK but also enables other industries to do well; from tourism to UK companies looking to sell their goods and services abroad. Airport Matters will be an excellent opportunity to explore how fundamental aviation is to UK economic and social wellbeing, the skills and jobs opportunities provided and the opportunities for further growth by unlocking the sector’s potential through the Government’s work on an Aviation Strategy.”

Simon Shelley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Airport Operators Association to produce Airport Matters, a programme that will explore the UK aviation market, the largest in the EU. Passenger numbers continue to grow and with that comes the issues of capacity, sustainability, and surface access. Air Passenger Duty is still one of highest in the world and Brexit looms large and we’ll be examining the effect these issues will have on UK aviation. We hope that this programme will be shared so that knowledge and ideas can pooled, and crucially be a resource to support the people in the sector navigate the future.”

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Programme Director at ITN Productions, on 0207 430 4228 or