17 Facts About Airports Commission


Airports Commission was an independent commission established in September 2012 by the Government of the United Kingdom to consider how the UK can "maintain its status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next 5 years".

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Airports Commission sought stakeholder comments on these papers and has published the technical and non-technical responses that it has received.

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Airports Commission published a sixth discussion paper calling for evidence on the Utilisation of the UK's Existing Airport Capacity in June 2014.

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Airports Commission published its seventh discussion paper on the Delivery of New Runway Capacity on 1 July 2014.

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Airports Commission held evidence sessions in London and Manchester in July 2013 and published the transcripts and other documents presented in those sessions.

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Airports Commission has had meetings with a wide range of stakeholders and has held briefings with Members of Parliament and Local Authorities.

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The Commission has undertaken a programme of visits to UK and international airports, to the Isle of Grain and to the Heathrow and Gatwick areas to meet local political representation and residents groups.

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Airports Commission published its Interim Report and associated appendices, and consultants reports on 17 December 2013.

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The Interim Report committed the Airports Commission to publish an Appraisal Framework setting out how it will assess each of the short listed options.

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On 27 March 2014, after consultation, the Airports Commission published the terms of reference for the additional work it would undertake on an inner Thames Estuary proposal.

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Between 4 and 10 July 2014 the Airports Commission published the reports from each of the four studies for public comment.

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On 2 July 2014 the Airports Commission announced that it would not add a proposal for an airport in the inner Thames Estuary to its shortlist of options for additional capacity.

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Alongside the announcement the Airports Commission published a Summary and Decision paper setting out the reasons for its decision and the work it had undertaken to reach its decision.

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On 2 April 2014, after consultation, the Airports Commission published its Appraisal Framework for assessing the three options for additional capacity shortlisted in the Interim Report.

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Appraisal Framework explains how the Airports Commission expects scheme designs to be developed, and how it will appraise the schemes.

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Airports Commission published its consultation on 11 November 2014, to run for 12 weeks until midnight on 3 February 2015.

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Airports Commission has been welcomed by the UK aviation industry and business organisations, although there has been frustration at the length of time the commission will take to produce its Final Report.

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