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Making the Grade at Heathrow

by Natalie Vincent Tue 17 April 2018, 11:38 am

Airport hotel operator and landowner Arora Group has appointed former BBC chairman Lord Michael Grade as chair of its London Heathrow Airport expansion advisory board.

Lord Michael Grade: Image courtesy of Property Week

The board has put forward rival proposals for a new terminal and runway at Britain's busiest airport, arguing that it could save £6.7 billion on the costs of Heathrow Airport Ltd’s (HAL) own plans.

Lord Grade was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and executive chairman of ITV from 2007 to 2009, before his appointment to the House of Lords as a Conservative Party peer in 2011.

He subsequently held roles as, chairman of Pinewood Shepperton, Camelot Group, Ocado Group and Infinity Creative Media, chairman and CEO of ITV, and executive chair and CEO of First Leisure.

Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora Group, said of Grade: "He brings considerable board experience, and I very much look forward to working with him, alongside our excellent existing external advisory board members Sir Rod Eddington, Robert Webb, and Mike Clasper.

"Arora is continuing to push for competition [at Heathrow] to challenge HAL. We can deliver a cost-effective alternative which is better for airlines and passengers alike."

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