Air Transport World

A lead role in liberalization. (airline industry)

Taking over the chair of the British Civil Aviation Authority as the move toward European liberalization gathers pace, Christopher Chataway is determined that the U.K. should play a major role in that drive.

"During most of my adult life," he told ATW, "Britain has lost out through resisting the next advance, taking no part in formulating the rules and then, at the last moment, falling into line. This is what happened in the Common Market and with the European exchange-rate mechanism. But it is not what is happening in aviation. We really are playing a leading part this time."

Chataway, 60, has gained plenty of experience observing the international scene in a career embracing athletics, television, politics and banking. As a distance runner in the 1950s, he represented Britain in two Olympiads, held the world 5,000-m record and was pacemaker for Roger Bannister when he ran the first-ever 4-min. …

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