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Government needs a strategy for aviation growth – business leader letter to The Times

Multi-signatory business leader letter on the need for increased aviation capacity in London and the South East. A version of this letter appeared in The Times on 29 March 2011

Dear Sir,

Having taken crucial fiscal steps to reduce the deficit, the Government needs a strategy for growth. Continued investment in capacity-building transport infrastructure such as London’s Crossrail and Birmingham’s New Street Station is welcome. There is, as yet, no plan to secure the UK’s international connectivity.

Our main airports – particularly in the South East – are blighted by overstretched infrastructure, where the slightest disruption results in thousands of passengers queuing in the terminal and dozens of aircraft circling overhead. High Speed Rail will enhance connections to UK and near-Europe destinations, but business also needs to reach fast growing markets in the Far East and South America.

The Government’s forthcoming aviation review must demonstrate compatibility with carbon reduction targets and offer a credible approach to capping local air pollution, but it cannot and must not ignore the economic benefits of flying. All options must be considered, short and long term, to address growing demand.


Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive, London First
Anton Valk, Chief Executive Officer, Abellio
David Campbell, President & CEO – AEG Europe / The O2, AEG Europe
Roger Madelin, Joint Chief Executive, Argent Group
Surinder Arora, Chairman, Arora International
David Alberto, Chief Executive, Avanta
Sean Mulryan, Executive Chairman, Ballymore Group
Tony Pidgley, Chairman, Berkeley Group
Victoria Mitchell, Deputy Chairman, Berkeley Group
David Blitzer, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Adrian Foster, Partner, Booz & Company
Jean-Louis Bravard, Director, Burnt Oak Partners Ltd
Rod Macdonald, Chairman, Buro Happold
Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive, Cadogan Estates Limited
George Iacobescu CBE, Chief Executive, Canary Wharf
Stephen Hubbard, Deputy Chairman UK & EMEA, CB Richard Ellis
Robin Hall, Chairman, Cinven
Peter Ecsery-Merrens, Director IBSG, Cisco
Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
Steve Parkin, Chairman, Clipper Logistics Group
Andreas Markides, Chairman, Colin Buchanan
Des Gunewardena, Chairman & CEO, D&D London
John Connolly, Senior Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte
John Burns, Chief Executive, Derwent London plc
Julian Barwick, Director, Development Securities plc
Robin Tye, Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young LLP
Richard Banks, Chief Executive Officer, European Land & Property
Cornelius Medvei, Partner, Eversheds
Kevin Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, ExCel
Geoffrey Pelham-Lane, Global President, FD
Mark Elborne, President and CEO, GE
Ian Mulcahey, Global Head of Planning, Gensler
Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive, Great Portland Estates
Peter Vernon, GBI Chief Executive, Grosvenor
Jonathan Scott, Senior Partner, Herbert Smith
Peter Ferrari, Managing Director, Heron International
Ian Carter, President of Global Operations, Hilton International
Simon Vincent, Area President Europe, Hilton Worldwide
John Young, Co Chair, Hogan Lovells
Robert Hamilton, CEO and Founder, Instant Offices
Dave White, Managing Director, ITRM
Simon Camamile, European Director National Investment, Jones Lang LaSalle
John Griffith-Jones, UK Chairman and Senior Partner, KPMG
George Kessler CBE, Joint Deputy Chairman, Kesslers International Limited
Robert Noel, Managing Director, London Portfolio, Land Securities
John Stewart, Chairman, Legal & General Group Plc
David Cheyne, Senior Partner, Linklaters
Sir Winfried Bischoff, Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group plc
Charles Millard, Director, Head of Office, M Moser Associates
Mark Reynolds, Deputy Chief Executive, Mace Ltd
John Morgan, Executive Chairman, Morgan Sindall Group plc
John Spencer, Chief Executive, MWB Business Exchange Plc
Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid plc
Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, Chairman, Nomura International plc
Michael Crossan, Chairman, Powerday
Ian Powell, Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Ray Auvray, Executive Chairman, Prospects Services Ltd
Jeremy Titchen, Managing Director, Qatari Diar Development Company (UK) Ltd
Jasminder Singh, Chairman, Radisson Edwardian Hotels
Irvine Sellar, Chairman, Sellar Property Group
Andreas J. Goss, Chief Executive, Siemens plc
Gareth Pearce, Chairman, Smith & Williamson
John Synnuck, Chief Executive, Swan Housing Association
Daniel Rosenberg, Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
Peter John, Vice Chancellor, Thames Valley University
Mike Nichols, Chairman and Chief Executive, The Nichols Group
Gareth Clutton, Chief Executive, The Portman Estate
William McKee, Chairman, Tilfen Land
Ric Lewis, Chief Executive, Tristan Capital Partners
Vincent Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Turner & Townsend Plc
Richard Hardie, Chair, UBS Ltd
James Wates, Deputy Chairman, Wates Group Ltd
David Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Wates Construction
Michael Gutman, Managing Director (UK/Europe), Westfield

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