Airports Commission announces consultation on UK airport capacity

By Lauren Grice

The Airports Commission has published two documents that mark the beginning of its consultation on airport capacity in the UK.

Stakeholders, including members of the public, have been invited to submit their ideas on the future of air hubs in Britain.

Commenting on the release, Howard Davies, chair of the Commission, heralded the release as an “important milestone” since the body’s inception last year.

“We welcome the debate that we have generated so far and we are determined to run an open and transparent process. By publishing the guidance document, we will enable everybody who wishes to make a contribution to do so as effectively as possible,” he said.

Mr Davies went on to state that the Commission would take a “broad view” on proposals and not consider the issue of airport capacity in isolation.

The documents’ release is set to help the organisation meet targets for tasks to be completed by the end of 2013, which include assessing the needs of UK airports and producing recommendations on the issue.

A final report will be submitted to the government by summer 2014, which will outline the environmental, social and economic costs associated with an increase in airport capacity.


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