Keeping you informed



Today's BAG Update features:

  • DIT: Launch of Call for Input on the UK’s future trade relationships with Canada and Mexico
  • BAG Business Intelligence Document *Updated version available*
  • BAG / DIT Philippines Design Delivery Model Workshop
  • BAG Review 2021
  • Welcome new members!
  • BAG Annual Dinner 2021 Update * Save the Date*
  • Join the UK Pavilion at Inter airport europe 2021
  • BAG Virtual Get Together - Connected Places Catapult: Transitioning to Hydrogen and Electric Fuelled Aircrafts*Recording & Presentation available*
  • BAG Virtual Get Together- Intelligent Pavement Infrastructure at Manchester Airport  *Recording & Presentation available*
  • BAG's participation in the 14th Airport Working Group Meeting of the Sino-UK Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Aviation Group
  • BAG's participaion in the UK-China Green Airport Workshop (Online Session)- 18 May 2021
  • DIT: UK –North America  Week– 21-25 June 2021


DIT: Launch of Call for Input on the UK’s future trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.

The UK Government is starting preparations for trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico to upgrade our existing trade deals.  These negotiations are led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) with input from DfT on the transport aspects, including the following auxiliary air transport services:

  • Aircraft repair and maintenance
  • Airport operations
  • Selling and marketing of air transport
  • Ground handling
  • Computer Reservation Systems
  • Speciality air services

The UK signed Trade Continuity Agreements with both Canada and Mexico before the end of the Transition Period and committed to start negotiating new Free Trade Agreements later this year. We are seeking your input on which aspects of current trading arrangements with Canada and Mexico we should look to improve or amend in our new, more ambitious deals. 
The Government is committed to negotiating new deals that are tailored to the needs of the whole of the UK and invite you to give your views via DIT’s Call for Input, which is open from 18 May to 12 July 2021. Please complete the 
Call for Input online



BAG Business Intelligence Document *Updated version available*
BAG’s Business Intelligence and Strategic Relationship Working Groups have been producing regular Business Intelligence Updates over the past year to try and collect as much intelligence as they can to gather on what is happening in the market, both now and how things change throughout the pandemic. The Board agreed to focus these discussions onto four topics:

  • What’s happening at UK airports. We are hearing of capital plans being put back. When might some of those come back, in what form etc.
  • What’s happening in the International markets, particularly in the priority markets we set for this year in discussion with DIT. Based on what we learn should we be resetting those priorities or focusing on other opportunities

Over the course of the last year we have been publishing quarterly Business Intelligence Updates which are released via the BAG website and shared with our membership. The latest May 2021 Business Intelligence Update can now be found on the BAG website together with all past editions. You can find the documents here.



BAG / DIT Philippines Design Delivery Model Workshop
On Monday 24 May 2021, BAG together with
Department for International Trade (DIT) Philippines / British Embassy Manila coordinated a Design Delivery Model workshop to engage the Philippine market which included presentations from UK industry showcasing the breadth of UK expertise covering themes such as stakeholder management, concept design to delivery design, quality and product, balancing project risks and others.



BAG Review 2021

BAG launched their first online digital BAG Annual Review 2020 at the start of the year! Traditionally, BAG has produced a document showcasing activities over the course of the previous year which has been circulated at events and exhibitions. This year, we wanted to showcase BAG’s activities in a virtual and interactive way to highlight month by month what BAG has achieved, including key activities, webinars, Special Interest Groups and Regions, and how BAG has successfully engaged with its members throughout a challenging year.

For 2021, we will be updating the review throughout they year to keep you and our Strategic Partners informed of BAG's activities throughout the year. You can find the BAG Review 2021 
here! If you have any questions or would like to give us some feedback please contact Hannah Sallabanks.



Welcome new Members!
We are delighted to welcome Bemo Project Engineering UK and Dormakaba UK to the BAG Membership! We look forward to collaborating with you.



BAG Annual Dinner 2021 Update- *Save the date*
We are delighted to announce that the date we have reserved for what would traditionally be the BAG Annual Dinner in September will this year be held as a live BAG Networking Reception on Wednesday 29 September 2021 at The Brewery London.  As restrictions begin to lift and industry begins to recover, we wanted our main event of the year to be as inclusive as possible to all members and clients, and we have therefore chosen to host a Networking Reception rather than a classic sit-down black-tie event. Further details on the BAG 2021 Networking Reception will be made available in the coming months, but please save the date already now in your diaries!



Join the UK Pavilion at inter airport Europe 2021

The British Aviation Group will be hosting for the first time the UK Pavilion at inter airport europe on 9-12 November 2021 in a prominent area in Hall 6 adjacent to one of the doors leading to the external exhibition area. This will be the 23rd edition of inter airport europe, the world’s leading airport exhibition, which covers all areas of airport-related technology, equipment, and services, all in one place.  As part of the TERMINAL segment, the show offers solutions and equipment for the construction and operation of terminal buildings, the architectural design, equipment, and planning stage of the airport. The DATA area covers airport IT systems, data management solutions as well as connected systems and IT processes to handle passengers, operations as well as air traffic. The RAMP segment covers ground handling, ground support equipment, runway constructions and installations.

Benefits of exhibiting within the UK Pavilion:

  • Support pre-show and during the show by a dedicated Event Manager
  • Entry to the UK Pavilion exhibitor brochure
  • Access to catering and meeting table area on BAG stand
  • Additional promotion of your presence by BAG and the event organisers

For more information on the UK Pavilion, please click here.



BAG Virtual Get Together - Connected Places Catapult: Transitioning to Hydrogen and Electric Fuelled Aircrafts *Recording & Presentation Available*

BAG has been identified as one of the stakeholders of the Connected Places Catapult’s new project with DfT focusing on “Transitioning to Hydrogen and Electric Fuelled Aircraft”. This project looks at the challenge of bringing new and sustainable aviation fuels to airports, how this will affect the existing infrastructure, operational procedures, policies, procedures and equipment for new fuels, as well as battery power etc. The goal of the project is a detailed study, dedicated demonstrations and a Technology & Research Innovation Grant (TRIG) programme which will identify challenges to be overcome, identify solutions, and showcase new and existing UK innovations to problem owners and decision makers in order to stimulate investment and adoption within this space.
As a stakeholder we are reaching out to all relevant groups within BAG so we can update members on this new project as well as actively involve members accordingly. This webinar will provide an opportunity for all BAG members to learn more about this project before you will be able to engage in more detail via the BAG Special Interest Group May sessions.
The session was facilitated by the BAG Chair Graham Bolton and introduce as our guest speaker Andrew Chadwick, Technology Initiative Lead – Aviation, Connected Places Catapult. You can find the webinar recording and presentation here.



BAG Virtual Get Together- Intelligent Pavement Infrastructure at Manchester Airport
*Recording & Presentation Available*

Runways are the most valuable airport assets. This is particularly the case for single runway airports such as the majority of UK airports. They must be maintained in a safe and sustainable condition throughout their live to provide continuous operation. Premature failure can lead to unexpected repairs and subsequent traffic delays, negatively impacting on an airport’s costs and reputation. When Heathrow Airport closed for a few days due to heavy snow in 2010 it had a detrimental commercial impact, while Concorde’s tragic accident in 2003 - caused by runway Foreign Object Debris (FOD) damage - had a major effect on the entire aviation industry. 
Transforming the maintenance of airport runways through innovative monitoring techniques and digital technology, the project plans and develops the implementation of an Intelligent Infrastructure System. To improve the safety and sustainability of the runway, installing smart sensors within pavements to remotely measure responses to aircraft loading in real-time is considered. The project incorporates a complete digital support system to improve asset management, efficiency and safety, while reducing whole life costs and building resilience. In the future, smart materials will be considered, such as self-healing asphalt and carbon-absorbing materials, to automatically trigger and perform repairs.

The session was facilitated by Bryony Martin BAG Board Member and  introduced our guest speaker Dr Bachar Hakim, Head of Pavement Design and Asset Management, Civil Infrastructure, AECOM. You can find the webinar recording and presentation here.



BAG's participation in the 14th Airport Working Group Meeting of the Sino-UK Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Aviation Group

The British Aviation Group was delighted to be participating in the 14th Airport Working Group Meeting of the Sino-UK Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Aviation Group with Deputy Director General Ma Zhigang, Department of Airport, CAAC - Civil Aviation Administration of China, Tom Duke, Deputy HM Trade Commissioner, British Embassy Beijing/ Department for International Trade (DIT), Christopher Dunn, Deputy Director for Environment, Infrastructure & Transport, Department for International Trade (DIT) China, Deputy Secretary General Sun Defu, CCAA, Jon Round, Head of Airspace, Air Traffic Management & Aerodromes, Civil Aviation Authority Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, Jasmine Banghard, Deputy Director, Europe and International Aviation, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom, Philip Haslam, Deputy Director, Aviation Commercial Interventions, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and BAG Chair Graham Bolton.



BAG's participation in the UK-China Green Airport Workshop (Online Session) 

The British Aviation Group was delighted to participate in The UK-China Green Airport Construction Workshop on the 18 May 2021 with West Airport Group, CAAC - Civil Aviation Administration of ChinaBritish Embassy Beijing/ Department for International Trade (DIT) China, Civil Aviation University of ChinaDepartment for Transport (DfT), United KingdomNATS, China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology , Changsha Huanghua International AirportNanjing Lukou International Airport /East Airports Group, China Airport Construction Group Corporation (CACC), The Manchester Metropolitan UniversityLogika Consultants LtdHeathrowNoise Consultants LtdGrimshawMott MacDonald and Arup.


DIT: UK –North America Week – 21-25 June 2021

Thinking about growing your business in North America?
Research from the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has shown that the most innovative and profitable businesses are those with an international footprint, so join us to learn more about the opportunities across the USA and Canada. Hear from businesses who have worked with DIT and our partners to grow their business in North America, as they share both their successes and challenges.
Conference Highlights:
• Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to North America, Antony Phillipson
• PwC UK presents the “UK Trade. The New Agenda” programme with Matthew Alabaster
• Representatives from US and Canadian governments
• Update on the US-UK Free Trade Agreement
• The UK Export Finance offer
• Banking in North America with Santander
• British American Business Chamber and Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce
•Presentations by DIT North America Sector and Regional leads
All of our work is carried out in line with the UK Government’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We ask that you treat all attendees and staff with courtesy and respect at our events.
Please find attached the official flyer as well as how to register herePlease note, upon registration delegates will be presented with the agenda on their screen which has the programme and timings for the week. Infrastructure including airports will be covered on the Thursday 24 June.


 Looking Ahead



BAG Webinars
BAG are offering all members the chance for regular Virtual Get Togethers to have the chance for some regular interaction between members as well as information share. Please see below the upcoming schedule:



Future Events:
·         AIIB-EUCCC Business Engagement Seminar- 3 June 2021


 Past Events & Webinars
Please find all our past events and webinars with presentations and recordings on the BAG website!







        BAG Saudi Aviation Market Workshop- 1 February 2021




BAG Philippines Deep Dive Workshop- 22 April 2021






BAG Members Virtual Briefing - Sustainability- 25 February 2021


  Sales Leads & Tenders and BAG News



BAG Sales leads & Tenders

Brazilian Airport Sector Overview 2021

Terminal A Redevelopment Program - Airside Utilities and Paving North – Partial

Deconstruction of Terminal A

Airfield Electrical Upgrade Project

Runway Rehabilitation Works

Runway Rehabilitation Works

Digital Interactive Display Plan

Network Management System - Airfield Ground Lighting Dedicated Network

Construction - Domestic Departure Terminal

Vehicle - Airport Emergency Service (AES)

AGM Spiral Maintenance-free Generator Batteries

Runway Sweepers

Navigation Systems Equipment


HVAC Systems - Maintenance Services

Financial, Legal, Technical — Traffic Advisors

Toilets - Renovation Works

X-ray Equipment - Maintenance Services

Airport Building Controller Services

Environmental Impact Studies / Public Enquire Files

Security Services - Pedestrian / Vehicle Access Points

Group WAN IP MPLS Architecture

To view our Sales Leads & Tender and access WikiBAG, please click here!

BAG News

Stay updated on the latest Government's Coronavirus Business Support page

ADS - Brexit Bulletin - 24 May 2021

DIT: Launch of Call for Input on the UK’s future trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.

UK kick starts preparation for trade negotiations with India

Trade with India: call for input

Westminster Hall debate 24 May 2021: impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry

Office for National Statistics: Overseas travel and tourism: 2020

EU COVID Travel Pass on Track to be Ready End of June

Birmingham Chamber - QBR Q2 survey request

CBI: Seize the Moment

European air traffic unlikely to reach pre-crisis levels until 2025: Eurocontrol

PriestmanGoode publishes four White Papers on topics of particular opportunites for aviation operators

CAAi and FlyZero announce partnership on zero-carbon emission flight

REthink Energy: The Future of Flying: Net-Zero Aviation

EASA publishes results of first EU study on citizens’ acceptance of Urban Air Mobility

Read more news here




TheBritish Aviation Group is the leading representative body for British companies involved in aviation and airport development and operations.
We provide world class expertise to meet the challenges of global airports.
We are the first port of call for global clients to connect to the full spectrum of British aviation expertise delivering solutions for airports large and small.
We have had amazing success working in over 150 countries and at the 60 largest airports delivering value, efficiency, sustainability and resilience.


Creating the airports of the future through the power of our network.





How do you like the style of the BAG Update? Please send us your feedback.
If you would like to opt out of receiving these emails please click here 





Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

Not a member?
Take a look at our member benefits