CILT - Aviation

Aviation Forthcoming Events

Welcome to Aviation Policy Group                    

Chair: Paul Le Blond

Current Aviation news includes:

  • Despite some opening of air travel, passenger numbers remain only around 20% of 2019 levels
  • Cargo tonnage, especially using all-cargo aircraft, has grown since 2020 but remains below 2019 levels
  • Airport expansion plans being reconsidered but approval given to espansion at Stansted, Leeds Bradford and Southampton
  • Most Middle East airport expansions on hold, but expansion continues in China and at some US airports


Aviation Policy Group news: 

The latest meeting of the Aviation Policy Group was on 26 July 2021 by Zoom.

We discussed the updating of our view on Aviation Routes to Net Zero 2050 in the light of recent policy changes, the output of our webinar in June and new evidence, and are planning to have a document published as part of a suite of CILT papers ahead of the COP26 meeting in November 2021. We are in broad agreement that zero emission aircraft represent the most significant long term decarbonisaton measure and should be prioritised. We recognise the limitations of Sustainable Aviation Fuels but note their benefit as having an early effect because they can be used in existing engines. We continue to note the need for offsetting and carbon removal to be credible and scalable.

We noted the situation relating to airport expansion plans. No activity was apparent on the Heathrow Third Runway plan. Gatwick have announced a pre-DCO consultation on their Northern Runway plan. A decision on the re-determination of the Manston decision is awaited. Approvals are as noted above, but are subject to legal challenges.

We subsequently decided not to respond to the DfT Jet Zero consultation because we could not reach a consensus about the way to answer the questions in the consultation.


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 a

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

David Curgenven

Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski

Sally Dixon

Li (Dantaoli)

Kieran Knowles 

Luuk van Mourik


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:

26 July and 25 October from 1300 - 1600 via Zoom.


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