37-strong Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA) gears up for conference and AGM at British-Irish Airports EXPO

Event The British-Irish Airports EXPO 2020
Organiser PPS Publications
Event Date 05.10.2020
Press Release Date 13.02.2017

The Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA) is continuing its valuable alliance with the British-Irish Airports EXPO. It will once again hold the RABA AGM alongside the event but, this year, it will also stage an important conference on operational issues on the EXPO floor itself.

This free-to-attend conference will especially look at the problems and solutions to the disproportionally high cost of regulatory compliance for airports of less than 3 million passengers with case studies from airports, the regulators, and suppliers.

Besides the RABA conference, visitors will have multiple benefits including free access to a trade exhibition of 200 airport suppliers (150 in 2016), superb networking with British and Irish airports big and small (including an evening mid-summer party), while taking advantage of the superb air, rail and road access to the NEC, right next door to the event host, Birmingham Airport.

What does RABA do?

  • RABA is the voice of 37 UK airports with less than 3 million passengers, originally established to represent smaller airports to the Davies Airport Commission.
  • RABA expanded in 2014 to include Crown Dependency and business aviation airports – and now represent 75% of airports of this size.
  • RABA made sure regional connectivity was a key component of Airport Commission recommendations, ensuring Heathrow expansion will generate new domestic routes (Flybe alone has announced plans for 12 routes).
  • RABA is now also pursing new objectives, especially challenging the high costs associated with regulatory compliance which disproportionately impact smaller airports.
  • RABA is chaired by Neil Pakey: Formerly: CEO of Shannon Airport; CEO Peel Airports; CEO Liverpool John Lennon.

RABA’s 37 airports:

Three new airports joined in January:

Belfast City Airport
Southampton Airport
Pembrey Airport

All RABA Members:

Alderney Airport
Barra Airport
Benbecula Airport
Blackpool Airport
Campbeltown Airport
Cardiff Airport
Carlisle Airport
City of Derry Airport
Cornwall Newquay Airport
Coventry Airport
Dundee Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Exeter Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Gloucestershire Airport Staverton
Guernsey Airport
Humberside Airport
Inverness Airport
Islay Airport
Isle of Man Airport
Jersey Airport
Kirkwall Airport
Land’s End Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport
London Oxford Airport
London Southend Airport
Norwich Airport
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Stornoway Airport
Sumburgh Airport
Tiree Airport
Wick John O’Groats Airport

RABA commercial sponsors:

Caterleisure Group
Safran Identity & Security


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