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Welcome to Aviation Policy Group                    

Chair: Paul LeBlond

Current Aviation news includes:

  • Appeal Court judgement on 27 February throws doubt on aviation policy and Heathrow third runway
  • Coronavirus dramatically affects air travel
  • Government now considering next steps but will not appeal
  • Heathrow Airport says it will appeal
  • Flybe goes into administration

Aviation Policy Group news: 

The latest meeting of the Aviation Policy Group took place on 20 January 2020. We discussed the Heathrow Initial Business Plan and decided to draft a response, expressing our views on a number of issues raised in the Plan. We also discussed contacting the DfT once the new ministerial team was announced, to offer CILT as an independent source of advice, in particular on the Regional Air Connectivity Review. We brought ourselves up to speed with developments around the country, and within CILT.

Our plans were thrown into disarray by the Appeal Court judgement and the collapse of Flybe, and we have delayed responding to the Heathrow Initial Business Plan, as it seems pointless to do so until and unless the third runway project is given policy support. We hope to contact the DfT soon and will amend our offer in the light of the Flybe situation and whatever emerges from Government and stakeholders in the short term.


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. 
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

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

Samantha Carty

Robin Thomas

Geoff Maynard

Chris Bosworth

Chris Tarry

David Valentine

Walter Pawinski

Reports and Presentations

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 the 'Policy and Guidance' tab at the top of this page. 

Date for future APG meetings in 2020 are on:

27th April, 27th July and 26th Oct


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