Davies panel named

The Government has named the panel members who will assist Sir Howard Davies in his review of South East Aviation Capacity.

Sir Howard told the BBC he planned to give the next government a “flying start” on the issue after the 2015 general election, promising a “substantial piece of work”.

The panel members are:

  • Sir Howard Davies, former chairman of the Financial Services Authority
  • Sir John Armitt, former Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and former Chief Executive of Network Rail
  • Prof Ricky Burdett, former member of the BP Executive Management Team
  • Prof Dame Julia King, member of the Committee on Climate Change
  • Geoff Muirhead CBE, former CEO of the Manchester Airport Group

As well as a third Heathrow runway, options to be investigated by the panel include connecting Heathrow and Gatwick, a new airport in the Thames Estuary and the expansion of Stansted.

Many believe the panel’s timetable – reporting after the next election – is dangerously slow, and that the Government lacks the political courage to take a decision much quicker. Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented on the timetable, saying: “Can I tell you in the next nine years how many runways they are going to build in China? They are going to build 52. How many are we going to build in the UK? None at all.”

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