ABTA's Aviation Forum

    22 April 2024
    9:00-12:30 followed by a networking lunch
  • Venue:
    CMS, Cannon Place, 78 Cannon St, London EC4N 6AF
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Event details

ABTA’s Aviation forum will provide a timely update on the key areas in aviation, with a particular focus on the current aviation landscape, consumer policy, and sustainability. The event is free to attend for ABTA members and Partners.

About the event

Attend ABTA’s Aviation Forum and join us for a timely update on the key areas in aviation, with a particular focus on the current aviation landscape, consumer policy, and sustainability. This unique morning briefing will include a series of presentations and panel discussions with industry leaders, followed by the opportunity for networking over a light lunch. There will be a senior line up of speakers from regulators, airlines, operators and associations.

Ideal for senior managers, policy and public affairs teams, aviation teams, and those working in sustainability, communications, legal and planning roles. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


  • Keynote: the changing face of aviation  
  • What's new in distribution?  
  • Policy update on the Government’s focus for consumer policy in aviation in 2024  
  • Panel discussion: the customer experience in 2024, consumer protection and passenger rights 
  • Keynote: Jet Zero: one year on 
  • Panel discussion: are we on track to deliver jet-zero by 2050?


Moderator: Trudie Clements, Sustainable Aviation Advisor, ABTA

Trudie is a subject matter expert with over 20 years of expertise in managing environmental, social, and governance issues within the travel industry. During her 12-year tenure at British Airways, she played a pivotal role in shaping the airline’s environmental strategy by spearheading initiatives to integrate sustainability into its operations; developing their responsible flying program. Her impact extended beyond BA when she was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she established the UK Sustainable Tourism Initiative, uniting stakeholders from the travel industry, government, and NGO community to address sustainable tourism. This initiative later evolved into The Travel Foundation, a leading charity and specialist advisory body. After her time at BA, Trudie transitioned to ABTA, initially as a sustainability consultant, and later took on the challenge of transforming ABTA's charity into what it is today, ABTA Lifeline. She currently balances her charity work with an advisory role to ABTA on sustainable aviation and accessibility issues. In recognition of her significant and lasting contributions to the travel sector, Trudie was presented with the TTG Travel Legend Award in 2022.

  • John Strickland, Independent Air Transport Consultant, JLS Consulting
  • Michael Stark, Deputy Director, Aviation Consumer Policy Team, Department for Transport
  • Andy Jefferson, Sustainable Aviation 
  • Peter Campbell, Head of Public Affairs, AOA
  • Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability, easyJet
  • Sandra Sassone, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Affairs - Environment and Sustainability, Airbus
  • Rob Griggs, Public Affairs Director, Airlines UK
  • Simon McNamara, Director of Government and Industry Affairs, Heart Aerospace
  • Julia Ogiehor, Policy and Trade Relations Manager, ABTA
  • Paula Macfarlane, Senior Solicitor, ABTA
  • Chris Wright, Managing Director, Sunvil
  • Neil Baylis, Partner, CMS


09:00 – Registration and networking
09:30 – Welcome and introduction from the moderator
09:40 – Keynote: the changing face of aviation  
10:15 – What is new in Distribution?
10:30 – Latest developments in Aviation Consumer Policy
11:10 – Networking tea and coffee
11:40 – Keynote: Jet Zero: one year on
12:30 – Light lunch

Who should attend?

Tour operators, airports, airlines, destinations, travel agencies, OTAs and industry stakeholders including:

  • Directors and senior managers  
  • Industry and public affairs teams 
  • Policy and Planning teams 
  • PR and communications teams 
  • Sustainability teams 
  • Legal teams.


Event prices

ABTA members and Partners* are invited to attend the event free of charge. Non-members are welcome to attend. There is a non-member attendance fee of £150 plus VAT.

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*To qualify for the ABTA member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Non-members are welcome to attend. For information about becoming a member click here.

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