Civil Aviation Authority hires Quiller for PR aid

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has appointed Quiller Consultants to provide it with PR advice in the run-up to the privatisation of National Air Traffic Services, which is currently part of the authority.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has appointed Quiller

Consultants to provide it with PR advice in the run-up to the

privatisation of National Air Traffic Services, which is currently part

of the authority.



Quiller, which was set up two months ago by former Bell Pottinger

consultants Jonathan Hill and John Eisenhammer, pitched against Hill and

Knowlton, Brown Lloyd James and Burson-Marsteller for the new account.

The authority also reappointed its incumbent public affairs agency, B-M,

which will work in cooperation with Quiller.



Quiller’s brief is to provide strategic communications advice to the

authority’s chairman, Sir Malcolm Field, throughout the run-up to the

privatisation of a 51 per cent stake in air traffic services, which is

expected in the next two years. The Government has not set a firm date

yet for the privatisation, nor has it announced which form - float or

trade sale - it will take.



Hill said: ’We will be helping to correct the misconceptions about the

CAA and the air traffic system. Our job in the first instance is to get

across an accurate picture of what is one of the best air traffic

control systems in the world.’



The Government’s plan, announced last June, will strip the authority of

all but its safety and economic regulatory functions, which include

licencing airfields and air travel organisers and overseeing flight

prices.



National Air Traffic Services controls aircraft flying over the UK and

those landing and taking off at 12 airports across the country. The

service employs 5,200 people.



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