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He made his name as a civil engineer working on the design and construction of Gatwick Airport before being recruited in 1965 as director of engineering in the newly-formed BAA, which took over from the Ministry of Aviation the running of Heathrow, Gatwick, Prestwick and what was then a small airfield at Stansted.

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He was educated at John Lyon School in Harrow, where he was head boy, and City and Guilds College – though he cut short his studies by volunteering for the Royal Engineers on the day war broke out in 1939.

Meanwhile, the day-to-day airport operations, under Payne's firm hand, were increasingly profitable: though BAA tended to lose money on aircraft landing and handling fees, it gained – too richly, according to its critics – from retail concessions and duty-free sales.