In September, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin revealed that Sir Howard Davies would chair a commission to consider expanding Britain's airport capacity.
Today, he announced the five academics and aviation specialists who will make up rest of the six-person panel to assist Sir Howard.
The commissioners are:
- Sir John Armitt, the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and former chief executive of Network Rail.
- Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and director of the LSE Cities research centre.
- Vivienne Cox, the former chief executive and executive vice president of BP Alternative Energy and a former member of the BP Executive Management Team.
- Professor Dame Julia King, vice chancellor of Aston University and a member of the Committee on Climate Change, with a background in the aerospace industry.
- Geoff Muirhead, the former chief executive of the Manchester Airport Group.
The Department for Transport also revealed the scope of the commission’s work. It has been asked to "maintain a UK-wide perspective, taking appropriate account of the national, regional and local implications of any proposals".
A provisional report, including recommendations on "immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years", would be made by the end of 2013, with a final report no later than the summer of 2015.
Davies said: "With open minds, we will take time to explore the evidence, consider the options and aim to develop a lasting solution to the nation’s aviation needs.
"Our ambition is to do a thorough piece of work that will ensure aviation continues to support this country’s economic, social and environmental ambitions.
"We aim to put the next government into a position in which rapid and implementable decisions can be soundly made."
McLoughlin added: "Sir Howard and his team will now take forward this vitally important work for the Government and bring a much-needed fresh perspective to the debate."