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Welcome to Aviation Policy Group

Chairman: Paul LeBlond

Please Note – Date of Next APG Meeting is 30th July 2018 at Doncaster Sheffield Airport


The Transport Select Committee of the House of Commons has published the report of its Inquiry into the draft National Policy Statement and we now await  a debate on the NPS in Parliament. The report and all the evidence, including CILT's submission, can be found on the Select Committee's page on the Parliament website.

Heathrow Airport has begun its consultations ahead of the submission of the Development Consent Order for the new runway. The APG has submitted a response on issues such as runway length, road and rail access and car parking arrangements.


The DfT has published a document on a UK wide Aviation Strategy following a Call for Evidence in 2017. The APG will now seek to be involved through the DfT's workshops prior to a Green Paper in the autumn.


At our APG meeting on 30 April we discussed:

  • The Transport Committee Report and the DfT Aviation Strategy, and noted submissions by CILT groups on the Bristol Airport Master Plan, the London Plan and the TfN Strategic Transport Plan.
  • We continued to monitor CILT activity in the various Brexit forums.
  • We heard from Helen Hardy, CILT's new Director of Membership, about plans to attract new and retain existing members, in particular in the Aviation sector.
  • At our next meeting, to be kindly hosted by Doncaster Sheffield Airport, we will meet with the North East Policy Group and discuss aspects of the UK wide Aviation Strategy.



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 Le Blond to chat further at


Our APG Dates for the rest of 2018 are:

  • 30th July at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  • 29th October in London



Links to articles in Focus on aviation matters can be found on the left side of this page

The APG's submissions and responses can be found by clicking on 'Policy and Guidance' at the top of this page. 




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

Samantha Atherton

Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski




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