CILT - Aviation

Aviation Forthcoming Events

Welcome to Aviation Policy Group                    

Chair: Paul LeBlond

Current Aviation news includes:

  • Coronavirus continues to dramatically affect air travel
  • Recovery prospects limited according to airline and airport chiefs
  • Airport expansion plans being reconsidered, outcome of Heathrow Supreme Court appeal awaited
  • Government Aviation Recovery Plan/White Paper promised by the end of 2020


Aviation Policy Group news: 

On 9 September this year, we held an online webinar for all CILT members to seek views on our policy for Routes to Net Zero 2050. After an introduction by Paul Le Blond, Chris Tarry described how the airlines are developing their decarbonisation activity, followed by Geoff Maynard who outlined some of the technical challenges involved with the various measures, including electric aircraft and sustainable fuels. A link to a recording of the webinar is available here.

The latest meeting of the Aviation Policy Group took place by Zoom on 26 October 2020. We discussed our work on Routes to Net Zero 2050 and the Year End report we are preparing to be combined with others through the Public Policies Committee.

We noted the latest news on Heathrow, including the Supreme Court appeal hearing on 7-8 October, CAA consultations on Heathrow’s Initial Business Plan and Regulated Asset Base, and the work of the Heathrow Community Engagement Board. We also noted a CAA consultation on Gatwick’s economic regulation. Decisions and developments were also noted at Luton, Stansted, London City, Southampton, Manston, Bristol, Leeds Bradford and Doncaster Sheffield Airports.

We remain keen to meet with DfT ministers and officials and plan to be involved in the Union Connectivity Review led by Sir Peter Hendy.

Finally, we noted the number and range of CILT events relevant to aviation now taking place online. 


How our Aviation Policy Group works: 

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

Any CILT members wishing to become involved in the Aviation Policy Group are very welcome to contact Paul Le Blond to chat further at


Aviation Policy Group committee members

Paul Le Blond - Chair

Brian Finch

Richard Botwood

Peter Forbes

Tom Carter

Sid Foster

Alastair Duff

 John Hardey

Martin Evans

 Gerry Lambe

Alastair Barbour

 Eddie Redfern

Christopher Mankelow

James Russell

John Morris

Andrew Sharp

David Parish - Deputy Chairman

Kenneth Swallow

Daniel Parker-Klein

Martin Weeks

Robert Pettigrew

Samantha Carty

Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski

Sally Dixon

Li (Dantaoli)

 Kieran Knowles 

 Luuk van Mourik

 David Curgenven



Reports and Presentations

Links to papers and submissions can be found on the left hand side of this page.  

Date for future APG meetings in 2021 are on:

 25 January, 26 April, 26 July and 25 October


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