British-Irish Airports EXPO Partners 2020
British-Irish Airports EXPO Partners 2020
British-Irish Airports EXPO Partners 2020

Government-required postponement of British-Irish Airports EXPO 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s 22 September 2020 statement that conferences and exhibitions will not resume on 1 October, and after consultation with the host airports, RABA (the association of 40+ regional airports), the British Aviation Group, and other partners, we regret to announce the required postponement of the 5th British-Irish Airports EXPO, which will now resume in its traditional summertime slot at ExCeL London in 2021. Read the full organiser’s statement here.

Partnered with


  • Future Aviation Security Solutions explained: The £25.5m DfT-Home Office initiative driving aviation security innovation
  • The 4th annual all-stakeholder airport security meeting by the Metropolitan Police Aviation Policing Command
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The Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme is a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Home Office which aims to improve aviation security by funding and supporting the development of innovative science and technology.

The programme has £25.5 million in funding to invest over five years to provide new aviation security solutions – not just concepts – for the commercial airport market.

The programme will improve prevention of terrorist attacks on aviation and have a positive impact on passenger experience. Derbyshire-based Security Screening Technologies is one of the successful recipients of the funding for developing its step-on shoe scanner which uses sophisticated imaging so that passengers would no longer need to remove their shoes.

Draft plan for FASS-devoted sessions

  • Future Aviation Security Solutions programme explained: “A £25.5 million initiative driving innovation in aviation security” – presented by Chris Malbon, Team Leader, FASS, Department for Transport.
  • End-user discussions (large and small airports) focusing on the challenges and future opportunities for Aviation Security.
  • Product presentations by FASS-programme suppliers – what they are doing and the benefits of working with FASS.
  • Successful FASS product demonstrations.

Read more about FASS here.

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Conference Moderator 2019: Stacey Peel, Global Aviation Security Lead and Security Group Chair, British Aviation Group.
Keynote Speaker 2019: Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick: “The December 2018 drone incursion.” UAS incursion was also discussed in detail by Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Policing.
Keynote speaker in 2018 and 2019: Peter Drissell, Director Aviation Security, Civil Aviation Authority.

Future Aviation Security Solutions explained: The £25.5m DfT-Home Office initiative driving aviation security innovation

For the fourth year running the British-Irish Airports EXPO hosts officers from airport police commands from across the UK, Counter Terrorism Policing, and other participants from the intelligence community including Centre for The National Infrastructure, Home Office, Department for Transport, CAA and a comprehensive range of airports from a cross the UK and overseas (including, in 2019, 12-stong dlegattion from Saudi Arabia’s General Authority Of Civil Aviation (GACA)

Previous themes and keynote speakers

  • 2019 Olympia London, hosted by Heathrow Airport: “Policing Drone Incursion at UK Airports” – Keynote Speaker – Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick: “The December 2018 drone incursion”. + Peter Drissell, Director Aviation Security, Civil Aviation Authority.
  • 2018 Olympia London, hosted by Heathrow Airport: “Working with all airport stakeholders to mitigate risk” – Keynote Speaker – Wilfried Covent, Senior Security Expert, Brussels Airport: “The 2016 Brussels Airport Bombing + Peter Drissell, Director Aviation Security, Civil Aviation Authority.
  • 2017 NEC, hosted by Birmingham Airport: “The Insider Threat” – Keynote Speaker – Dr Sani Şener, CEO Istanbul Airport: “The 2016 Marauding Firearms Attack.”
Stage Gate 11’s Delta R Shoe Scanner for Shoe Explosive Detectionone of a range of novel aviation security solutions which has received FASS funding to develop their novel aviation security solutions

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