Gatwick owners eye astronaut

The new owners of Gatwick have gone galactic in their search for a new board for the London airport. It is expected that James van Hoften, a former astronaut who now runs the airports arm of  American engineering giant Bechtel, will be hired. Global Infrastructure Partners, the GE-Credit Suisse joint venture that snapped up Gatwick from BAA last month, will unveil its board this week later this week, with former permanent secretary for the Department of Transport Sir David Rowlands tipped to be chairman.