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Please Note – Date of Next APG Meeting is 29th January 2018

Chairman: Paul LeBlond


Government announces consultation on Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement: “new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England”. This is a further period of consultation designed to give people the chance to consider updated evidence which was unavailable when the consultation earlier this year was undertaken.

This further consultation is therefore on a revised draft Airports National Policy

Statement (“revised draft Airports NPS”) published 24 October 2017 with associated documents.  Full details of the consultation process can be found on the DfT website here

This consultation will close on 19 December 2017, and the Aviation Policy Group (amongst others) will be analysing in-depth and responding as appropriate to the revised draft NPS.

At our meeting on 29th January, the most likely main issue will be Heathrow's consultation starting on 17 January, and a review the Transport Committee's ongoing inquiry into the draft NPS.



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.

Any CILT members wishing to become involved in the Aviation Policy Group are very welcome to contact Paul LeBlond to chat further at policy@ciltuk.org.uk


  • A big thank you to the 100+ members of the six Aviation Professional Sector Forums who kindly took their time to respond to our survey earlier in the year.  The survey results have provided a very helpful insight of member’s views and will be a core element in ensuring our future strategies align with member’s views and priorities. A summary of the survey can be viewed here
  • We are delighted to welcome Chris Bosworth, Chris Tarry, David Valentine and  Walter Pawinski as new members to the Aviation Policy Group – each bringing a wealth of interesting knowledge and experience in areas such as Airport Slot co-ordination, airport development strategy, strategic interface between airports and global logistics, aviation interfaces relating to air ambulance and police helicopters, etc.
  • 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).

The Aviation Policy Group meeting on 2 November 2017 included a seminar featuring Matthew Coogan, the former Director of the US New England Transportation Institute, on concepts for the development of Heathrow with three runways, including the 'gateway' concept designed to enhance public transport. We were joined by a number of stakeholders for the discussion and the ideas will form a useful input into further consultation responses.

After our guests left the meeting, the Aviation Policy Group went on to discuss how to respond to the latest consultation on a draft revised National Policy Statement, which includes updated forecasts, a revised noise assessment and reference to the national Air Quality Plan.

APG Dates for 2018 are:

  • 29 January 
  • 30 April
  • 30 July
  • 29 October

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 Members


Paul Le Blond - Chairman

Brian Finch

Richard Botwood

Peter Forbes

Tom Carter

Sid Foster

Alastair Duff

John Hardey

Martin Evans

Gerry Lambe

Alastair Barbour


Christopher Mankelow

James Russell

John Morris

Andrew Sharp

David Parish

Kenneth Swallow

Daniel Parker-Klein

Martin Weeks

Robert Pettigrew


Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski




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