Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future of UK airport capacity in the South-East

Morning, Thursday, 18th October 2018

Central London


This seminar will focus on the proposed expansion of UK airport capacity in the South-East, and the implications for policy.

Heathrow expansion is expected to be central to the discussion, with Government’s preferred scheme of building a new Northwest runway at Heathrow announced in the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), and following a House of Commons vote expected this summer.

Delegates will discuss the key issues for planning, air quality and community engagement, and also consider options for further airport expansion in the region, and 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.

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

Further sessions will consider the steps that can be taken to ensure that local transport systems and other aspects of connectivity and infrastructure are well placed to meet the additional passenger demand.


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


Rupert Walker

Strategy & Planning Director, South, Network Rail

Senior speaker confirmed from NATS

Cait Hewitt

Deputy Director, Aviation Environment Federation

Councillor James Swindlehurst

Leader, Slough Borough Council

Ken O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer, London Stansted Airport