The first deals with the contribution aviation makes to the national economy,
and to regional regeneration.
Why airport expansion is bad for regional economies
by air spent nearly £11 billion in the UK in 2004, but UK residents flying out
spent £26 billion abroad – a loss to the UK economy of £15 billion pounds.
are even more stark. For example the North East earned £177 million from overseas
visitors in 2004, but North East residents flying abroad spent £938 million –
five times as much, resulting in a deficit to the North East economy of £761 million.
All regions except London run a huge economic deficit from aviation.