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Welcome to Aviation Policy Group

Chairman: Paul LeBlond


The Aviation Policy Group comprises a group of professionals from the airline and airport sectors that reviews current and proposed policies for aviation and provides, where appropriate, expert advice to government.

Over many years, CILT has advised Government, and the logistics and transport industry, by using the expertise of its members who speak from widespread knowledge but are independent of any particular trade group or business. 

In particular, CILT has contributed fully to the work of the Airports Commission, as well as to Parliamentary Inquiries and Government consultations. CILT supported the Airports Commission’s recommendations, both in their Interim Report of December 2013 relating to a range of improvements at a number of airports, in particular to surface access, and also in their Final Report of July 2015 in terms of the recommended option.

The Group, also taking account of views across the Institute, prepared its contribution to the CILT Vision 2035, which was published in August 2014 as The Future of Aviation and can be found here

The Committee meets quarterly, and is regularly active throughout the year in responding to consultations and other events.

Dates for our future Committee meetings are 31.7.17 then 30.10.17.

Any CILT members wishing to become involved in the Aviation Policy Group are very welcome to contact Paul LeBlond to chat further.


  • We continue to monitor the Governments considerations for additional runway capacity in the SE. A National Policy Statement has been produced in draft for consultation, with the intention to obtain Parliamentary approval by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Following it the Airport will prepare a draft Development Consent Order, and there will then be further consultation and a public inquiry. The target for a final decision to proceed is 2018 (of course subject to legal challenges).
  • At the latest Aviation Policy Group meeting held on the 10th April, we discussed

Airports National Policy Statement
Improving air quality joint inquiry
DfT: Drones consultation
Transport Select Committee inquiry into Drones, the NPS and Airspace
CILT matters, including, impact of BREXIT, report from recent PPC, the V2035 Technology Group, and the RAG

Recent submissions to the Government, Airports Comission, Select Committee and others have included: 

Response to the Airports Commission's consultation on Short Listed Options for a New Runway February 2015
Response to the Airports Commission's consultation on Air Quality Assessment May 2015
Response to HM Treasury discussion paper on English regional airports and APD devolution September 2015
Submission to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Surface Transport to Airports October 2015
Response to the CAA consultation on Issues affecting passengers' access to UK airports April 2016
Response to the DfT consultation on the safe use of drones March 2017

Don't forget out next APG Committee meeting on 31st July.

Reports and Presentations

A seminar on UK airports after the Airports Commission, 12 April 2016 at Loughborough University.
The presentations from the seminar can be found here.

Aviation Policy Group Committee

Paul Le Blond - Chairman Brian Finch
Richard Botwood Peter Forbes
Tom Carter Sid Foster
Alastair Duff  JohnHardey
Martin Evans  GerryLambe
Alastair Barbour  EddieRedfern 
Christopher Mankelow James Russell
John Morris Andrew Sharp
David Parish Kenneth Swallow
Daniel Parker-Klein Martin Weeks
Robert Pettigrew Samantha Atherton
Robin Thomas
Geoff Maynard


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