UK airport conference to unite trade associations

UK airport conference to unite trade associations

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The first united UK aviation conference is to be held this autumn bringing together the sectors main trade associations.

The Airport Operators Association annual conference in November will also include the British Air Transport Association, the Board of Airline Representatives UK and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The event is to be held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London on November 23-24 with the promise of a high calibre speaker line-up.

The aim is to allow delegates and exhibitors to gain an unrivalled understanding of the issues facing aviation and aerospace both in the UK and overseas in the coming years, the AOA said.

AOA chief executive Darren Caplan said: “Given we are bringing together airports, airlines and aerospace for the first time, it will be branded the UK Aviation Conference 2015.

“With a general election due in May and the Airports Commission due to report soon after, this will be a great opportunity for our industry to unite and set out its stall to the new government.”

BAR UK chief executive Dale Keller said: “We support this initiative to bring together one of the UK’s most important sectors and raise the profile of aviation in the UK.

“The voice of the international airline community is crucial to the debate about the UK maintaining its leading role in global aviation, and this conference will hear from leading figures right across the aviation sector in what is sure to be an interesting and highly informative two days.”

BATA chief executive Nathan Stower said: “We already work closely with other trade bodies on issues such as aviation tax and sustainable aviation; and this conference will once again show our sector working together as we address UK policy after the general election.”

Royal Aeronautical Society chief executive Simon Luxmoore said: “RAeS members have always been involved in global and UK aviation and aerospace issues. So we are very enthusiastic about partnering with airports and airlines on this conference, for what should be a fascinating event debating the issues of the day.”


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