Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future of UK airport capacity in the South-East - Heathrow expansion and next steps for the Aviation Strategy

Morning, Thursday, 18th October 2018

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This seminar examines the future of expansion of UK airport capacity in the South-East - bringing out latest thinking on the practicalities and impact of Heathrow expansion, and looking more widely at next steps for the Aviation Strategy.

Heathrow expansion is expected to be central to the morning’s discussion, in light of Parliament voting in favour of a third runway following the Government’s announcement of this as its preferred scheme in the Airports National Policy Statement.

Delegates will discuss issues around public transport connectivity, road congestion, air quality and the wider environmental impact, the relationship with local communities, and how well-placed is infrastructure to meet the increase in demand.

The agenda also looks at the Government’s proposed aviation strategy, with further consultations planned later this year focusing on the strategy’s main aims - relating to safety, competition and customer service, balancing growth with environmental concerns, and the UK’s international positioning.

Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss how the UK can develop its aviation industry in line with both the targets set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and the economic demands for increased airport capacity - looking at key issues for planning, air quality and community engagement, and options for further airport expansion in the region.

Further sessions will consider possible alternatives for expanding airport capacity across the South-East, following legal challenges to the third runway, including expansion at Gatwick and decreasing spare capacity.


Guest of Honour

Emma Gilthorpe

Executive Director Expansion, Heathrow Airport

Guest of Honour

Emma Gilthorpe

Executive Director, Expansion, Heathrow Airport

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Bishop

Deputy Director, Aviation Policy, Department for Transport

Tim Norwood

Director, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability, Gatwick Airport


Ruth Cadbury MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heathrow Expansion

Simon Whalley

Head of External Affairs, Royal Aeronautical Society


Rupert Walker

Strategy & Planning Director, South, Network Rail

Dave Curtis

General Manager, Future Airspace and ATM, NATS

Cait Hewitt

Deputy Director, Aviation Environment Federation

David Symons

UK Director, Sustainability, WSP

Councillor James Swindlehurst

Leader, Slough Borough Council

Alex Williams

Director, City Planning, Transport for London

Jonathan Oates

Director of Corporate Affairs, London Stansted Airport

Robbie Owen

Head of Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons and Parliamentary Agent