The economics of aviation expansion
22 April 2013
This major new report challenges the view that improved international air connectivity will necessarily bring significant benefits to the UK economy.
The report by the independent Dutch consultants CE Delft, and commissioned jointly by WWF, RSPB and the Heathrow campaign group HACAN, argues that “claims about the economic benefits of connectivity are not founded on solid evidence.”
The report comes as the Airports Commission - set up by the Government under Sir Howard Davies - examines whether the UK, and London and the South East in particular, requires additional airport capacity in order for the UK to maintain its first rate international transport links over the coming decades