Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Regional airports in the UK: priorities for connectivity, capacity and investment

Thursday, 6th April 2017

Central Birmingham


Please note that this seminar will take place in Central Birmingham.

Sessions at this seminar will focus on regional airport capacity and aviation throughout the UK, in the context of the DfT’s Draft Airports National Policy Statement and the open consultation on moving forward with runway construction and capacity expansion at Heathrow.

With the Government’s consultation on reforming aviation policy for the use of UK airspace, the rollout of 11 new domestic routes through government backing underway and following plans for major infrastructure investment in the Midlands, the North and London City Airport, delegates will assess implementation issues and further opportunities for connectivity and economic development in the UK’s major and regional airports.

Planned areas for discussion include strategies for maximising the benefits of airport development for regions, devolved nations and businesses, while further sessions will focus on the effects of development on local traffic, air quality and carbon emissions as cities across the UK begin to introduce Low Emission Zones to manage transport. Discussion will also look at priorities for integrating airports into the transport network as the newly-established Transport for the North (TfN) begins its work on transport governance in the North of England.

Guests of Honour

Paul Kehoe

Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airport

Ken O'Toole

Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Airport

Guests of Honour

Paul Kehoe

Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airport

Ken O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Airport

Keynote Speaker

Gary Cox

Head of Aviation, Transport Scotland


Chris Chalk

Aviation Practice Leader, Mott Macdonald and Vice-Chairman, British Aviation Group

Neil Pakey

Chair, RABA

Tim Redman

Senior Associate, Burges Salmon

Richard Mann

Work Package Lead, Freight & International Gateways, Midlands Connect

Chris Ferrary

Director, Temple Group

Simon McNamara

Director General, European Regional Airline Association

James Durie

Chief Executive, Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative, Business West

Tim Johnson

Policy Director, Civil Aviation Authority

James Brass

Partner, York Aviation