Cautious welcome from HACAN for Davies Commission

HACAN has given the Davies Commission a cautious welcome. Today Sir Howard Davies announced the remit and membership of the Commission which the Government has set up to look at the future airport capacity needs of the UK. The Commission will produce an Interim Report at the end of next year and a final report in summer 2015, two months after the next General Election.

Davies told the launch meeting in London today that the interim report will suggest short-term measures to assist capacity as well as outline the more “plausible options to be taken” forward in the longer term. The final paper will work up these options in some considerable detail. He stressed, though, that the final decision will be down to the government of the day. In January next year the Commission will publish a paper assessing future demand for aviation. That will be followed by further papers including ones on climate change and the economic benefits of aviation.

HACAN Chair John Stewart said: “We are pleased and relieved that the Davies Commission will be looking at wider topics such as future demand, climate change and noise and not just selecting airports where expansion should take place. This is a sensible approach. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating but at this stage the Commission deserves a cautious welcome.”

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Notes for Editors:

(1). The remit and membership of the Commission is set out at remit and membership

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John Stewart on 0207 737 66641; 07957385650