City supports the Let Britain Fly campaign
A campaign to modernise the UK's airport infrastructure has been launched at Westminster with the backing of City University London. "Let Britain Fly" is a pro-expansion movement, funded by UK industry and supported by more than 100 leading businesses and institutions.
The consortium is urging the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour to commit in their 2015 manifestos to be guided by the recommendations of the Airport Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies. They warn that the consequence of not increasing airport capacity will be the loss of the country's status as a "global aviation hub".
Interim proposals are due in December, with the full Davies Commission report expected shortly after the 2015 general election. Sir Howard has already indicated that his commission will favour at least one additional runway in South East England.
Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, commented:
"Increased air capacity is in the best interests of the UK, London and the University. With one of the highest proportions of international staff and students in the UK, City is proud to be a global academic community. Our location in the heart of London and our commitment to academic excellence for business and the professions mean we have developed an extensive global network of academic and commercial partners. These ties ensure that our students enjoy exceptional international employment prospects once they graduate".
It comes as a study names London as the second best city in the world to be a student. The latest QS Best Student Cities list included places with populations of more than 250,000 and at least two universities. Just two points separated London from Paris, which was awarded the highest scores overall.
The ranking was based on five categories including: the number and position of institutions in the QS World University Rankings; the quality of student living; affordability and the views of employers on the quality of each city's graduates.