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 receding to 3 - 4 years, led by domestic and short haul traffic 
  • Airport expansion plans on hold


Aviation Policy Group news: 

The latest meeting of the Aviation Policy Group took place by Zoom on 27 July 2020.

The first item on the agenda was a presentation by Robin Tudor from Liverpool Airport, who noted the Airport’s performance up to 2019 and the dramatic effect of Covid-19. Members were particularly interested to hear of the Airport’s surface access strategy and of a detailed study to be undertaken of long -plans for a rail link.

Other items discussed were the general effect of Covid-19 on aviation, Routes to Net Zero 2050 and various airport plans. We decided to respond to the CAA’s consultation on Heathrow’s Revised Business Plan (see links below) and to the All Party Parliamentary Group’s Inquiry into Heathrow Expansion, and we noted that Manston had received consent from the Secretary of State for its Development Consent Order. We also decided to update the Aviation Minister on our views on Regional Connectivity.

On 9 September 2020, 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 will be available shortly.


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

Li (Dantaoli)

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

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 2020 are on:

 26th October, 2020


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