Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for the UK Aviation Strategy - infrastructure, regulation and connectivity

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


This conference focuses on priorities for the UK aviation sector.

It will bring together stakeholders with policymakers as the Government is due to be finalising its aviation strategy white paper, following the publication of the Aviation 2050 consultation and green paper.

Delegates will assess the infrastructure challenges for growing the sector - in light of the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement, which outlines the preference for a third runway at Heathrow.

Sessions will also examine the priorities for improving airport accessibility following the latest CAA annual airport accessibility report, which outlined improvements made by UK airports over the previous twelve month period, as well as concerns that airlines have not put guidelines for funding assistance services at airports in place.

They will also consider what is needed to support regional airports, including potential opportunities for increasing regional flights, as well as improving surface transport connections to airports across the UK. Discussion also follows further government proposals on the opportunities for utilising spare capacity and existing runways across the UK, provided that growth does not lead to carbon emissions exceeding UK climate change commitments.

Attendees will examine the future of airspace management - including the next steps for innovation and collaboration between operators and airports, as well as the priorities for adapting to new technologies such as drones, particularly following the recent disruptions at UK airports.

Further sessions will look at options for tackling the challenges facing industry in opening new competitive markets for passenger services and freight, and the role of enablers for developing further opportunities.

Discussion is also expected on the environmental challenges and concerns associated with increased airport growth and potential new routes, such as air quality, carbon emissions and noise pollution.

Guest of Honour

Catherine Adams

Deputy Director, Aviation Strategy, Department for Transport

Guest of Honour

Catherine Adams

Deputy Director, Aviation Strategy, Department for Transport

Keynote Speaker

Matt Gorman

Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport


Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation


James Fremantle

Manager, Consumer Enforcement, Civil Aviation Authority

Dave Curtis

General Manager Future Airspace & Air Traffic Management, NATS

Graham Cross

Chief Executive, Heathrow Southern Railway

Dave Lees

Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport

Christine Ourmières-Widener

Chief Executive Officer, Flybe

Nick Smith

Fund Manager, AIPUT

Kathy Nothstine

Lead, Future Cities, Challenge Prize Centre, Nesta

Giles Kavanagh

Partner, HFW

Gwénaëlle Delos

Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Atout France

Councillor Keith Artus

Chairman, Stansted Airport Advisory Panel, Uttlesford District Council; Chairman, Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group and Member, UK Airspace Strategy Board