Aviation Media Logo

NEWS Last modified on February 14, 2013

Heathrow Airport: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker appointed to airport board

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has been appointed to the board of Heathrow Airport, according to reports.

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has been appointed to the board of Heathrow Airport, according to reports.

Ali Bouzarif has also been appointed after two seats on the board were given to Qatar in return for the 20% stake it bought in the airport last year.

The two men have been appointed to represent the interest of the sovereign wealth fund and its investment, the Telegraph reported.

Al Baker is a strong supporter of Heathrow.

In October, he called on the UK government to urgently address capacity constraints at the airport to avoid a “catastrophic situation” for the country’s economy.

Giving a keynote address to the UK Aviation Club Lunch in London, Al Baker was vocal in support for a third runway at Heathrow.

He said a new four-runway hub airport in the Thames Estuary – dubbed Boris Island after London Mayor Boris Johnson – could take up to 20 years to build and added that the UK could not afford to wait that long.

The UK government has commissioned an independent review of airport capacity, to be chaired by Sir Howard Davies, due to report back in 2015.

In his speech, Al Baker said the third runway debate “was not an option, but a necessity” to overcome the capacity crunch Britain’s premier airport was currently facing.

“Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point,” he said.

Share on social media

Article Options

Related items

Get the Airport World Newsletter!

Email
FIRST NAME
LAST NAME
Follow us on Twitter

8571 peoples are following airportworldmag