About us

The Airports Commission completed work with the publication of its final report in July 2015.


The Airports Commission examines the need for additional UK airport capacity and recommends to government how this can be met in the short, medium and long term.

We are responsible for:

  • submitting a report to the government by the end of 2013, identifying and recommending options for maintaining the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next 5 years
  • submitting a final report to the government by summer 2015 assessing the environmental, economic and social costs and benefits of various solutions to increase airport capacity - considering operational, commercial and technical viability


Our main priorities are to:

  • take a UK-wide perspective considering the national, regional and local implications of any proposals
  • provide interested parties and members of the public with opportunities to submit evidence and proposals and to set out views relevant to our work
  • build a consensus in support of our approach and recommendations

Who we are

The Airports Commission is an independent commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies and includes 4 other members.

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