CILT - Aviation

Aviation Forthcoming Events

Welcome to Aviation Policy Group                    

Chair: Paul Le Blond

Current Aviation news includes:

  • 2021 levels of passengers in the UK remained at around 30% of 2019 levels
  • Cargo tonnage remained below 2019 levels but some growth was apparent over 2020
  • The easing of testing and quarantining rules means that some recovery should take place in 2022, but the pace of recovery is unclear
  • Gatwick’s Northern Runway plan was the subject of a consultation in 2021 and a Development Consent order is expected later in 2022
  • Approval of Stansted’s expansion was not legally challenged. Leeds-Bradford’s application for a replacement terminal has been called-in. Decisions on Manston reopening and Bristol expansion are awaited.
  • Mixed pictures are emerging of worldwide aviation. Some domestic markets are recovering well, while some expansion projects are being challenged by supply chain and staff shortages 


Aviation Policy Group news: 

The latest meeting of the Aviation Policy Group was on 24 January 2022 by Zoom.

We discussed the previous year and the prospects for 2022. Aviation decarbonisation is likely to remain at the top of the agenda and the APG will monitor and report on progress throughout the year, following up the points noted in our Aviation COP26 briefing paper.

We looked forward to the possible publication of an Aviation Strategy White Paper and to other events in 2022, including decisions on Manston and Bristol Airports’ expansion plans and the ICAO General Assembly in October which should finalise the CORSIA rules.

We agreed to publish papers on aviation themes in Focus or more widely, covering issues including decarbonisation, airports policy, new technology and air cargo. We will also respond to consultations and calls for evidence on strategic aviation issues as appropriate.


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.
We are always looking for new members, so 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

Paul Moore

Peter Forbes

Tom Carter

Sid Foster

Alastair Duff

 Luuk van Mourik

Martin Evans

 Gerry Lambe

Alastair Barbour

 James Russell

John Hardey

Tony Wightman

John Morris

Andrew Sharp

David Parish - Deputy Chairman

Ian Smith

Daniel Parker-Klein

Martin Weeks

Robert Pettigrew

David Curgenven

Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski

Sally Dixon

Li (Dantaoli)

Kieran Knowles 



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 2022 are on:

25 April 1300-1600 hours (London).

18 July 1300-1600 hours (Zoom)

24 October 1100-1400 hours (Liverpool Airport, tbc)


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