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Stern stands up to critics of his analysis

Sir Nicholas Stern hit back at critics of his analysis of the economics of climate change. The government-commissioned Stern review, published last October, found the costs of taking action on climate change now were small and the benefits large compared with much heavier penalties for delaying action.

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Spurious “Green Apple Environment Awards”. Delightful greenwash!

Ryanair plans to launch transatlantic flights with fares as low as £6 within 4 years. Michael O’Leary said he was looking to serve 6 US cities from European airports where it has bases. Though the cheapest flights for US passengers would be £6, revenues would be increased through the sale of food, duty free goods and in-flight entertainment. With taxes the one-way price would be around £86.

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Southampton Airport – more destinations, more flights

The airport master plan was unveiled in November 2006, for huge growth. Meanwhile, Flybe increases Southampton - Amsterdam flights (Sept 2006), to three times per day on weekdays and twice a day at weekends, starting in October. Also Southampton to Nice flights - (Sept 2006), and to Galway, due to begin in December. Flybe flies to more than 30 destinations across the UK and Europe from Southampton, including Malaga, Amsterdam, Faro, Chambery and Glasgow.

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BLAIR – I WON’T GIVE UP HOLIDAYS TO SAVE PLANET

Tony Blair said today he would not give up long-haul holiday flights as he argued the fight against climate change did not require unreasonable sacrifices. The Prime Minister rejected the need to set a personal example on greenhouse gases by taking breaks closer to home, insisting that science was the key to tackling global warming.

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Exeter airport sell-off nets county £60m

Devon County Council has sold Exeter International Airport for £60m. It was bought by Regional and City Airports Limited (RCA) - part of Balfour Beatty - in a deal described by the authority as good news for the airport and the local economy.

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Norway To Tackle Planes’ Greenhouse Gases

Norway plans to join Britain in offsetting greenhouse gases caused by bureaucrats jetting around the world, announcing it will buy emissions quotas to combat global warming.

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Budget airlines worldwide

The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met.

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Eddington Transport Study – December 2006

Eddington Report – in 2005 Gordon Brown asked Rod Eddington, who had just stood down as the Chief Executive of BAA, to carry out a study examining the transport infrastructure the UK economy would need over the next 30 years. This report was published in December 2006.

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Lydd Airport Planning Application Submitted

A planning application for a new passenger terminal and extended runway at a Lydd (London Ashford) Airport has been submitted. The plans seek to build capacity at the airport and offer flights further afield than presently. Overall, Lydd Airport is proposing to increase passenger numbers to 2 million per annum in 2011.

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Britain’s Dirty Secret – aircraft emissions

The government has been disguising the quantity of greenhouse gases that we create with our flights to and from the UK. The DfT has admitted that it works it out simply by counting the aircraft that take off from Britain. Those that land here are excluded.

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‘Progress Report’ on the 2003 Aviation White Paper – December 2006

There was no Rethink in Government ‘Progress Report’, but though it would have been unrealistic to believe that the Government would reverse its policies after only three years, the Rethink! campaign was brilliantly successful in winning the intellectual battle, recruiting many organisations to our cause, and keeping the issue in the news.

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Office of Fair Trading’s decision on BAA monopoly

The Office of Fair Trading has decided to refer BAA to the Competition Commission. BAA owns 7 UK airports – Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Southampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The OFT is to hold an eight-week consultation period before it makes the referral.

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Letter to the Times, 11th December, from leading MPs and Environmental Groups

Letter to the Times of 11th December 2006 - from leading MPs and Environmental Groups

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Sustainable Aviation Progress Report 2006

"Sustainable Aviation Progress Report 2006" - by the aviation industry. This is the first progress report after its launch in June 2006

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Michael McCarthy: Low-carbon consumerism – a new ethical choice

Virtually everything we wear, sit on, clean with, heat with or eat contains embedded carbon - which can be reduced if the manufacturing companies concerned try hard enough. Looking at the emissions from the goods we buy, and services we use, shows just how much a part we as individuals could play in cutting emissions by the purchasing choices we make. Out of the approx 11 tonnes CO2 produced by each person in the UK each year, aviation is about 0.68 tonnes.

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Chancellor’s Pre Budget Report 2006

The Chancellor announced that the doubling APD will be effective from 1st February 2007.

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OEF (Oxford Economic Forecasting) – The Economic Contribution of the Aviation Industry in the UK

This is a follow-up study, commissioned by the aviation industry, assessing the contribution of aviation to the economy. It claims the aviation industry brings huge benefits to UK economy.

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The Eddington Report on Transport

The Eddington report says that aviation makes a big contribution to the UK economy and that international airports such as Heathrow need to expand. However, it highlights the importance of reflecting the external costs of transport in the price paid by users. The section on aviation, in the Summary, can be found on Page 48.

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Stansted expansion plan refused

Expansion plans for Stansted Airport which could boost passenger numbers have been rejected, amid objections including the effect on climate change

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Air travel from Bristol Airport produces record losses for South West

The rapid growth in cheap leisure flights is now losing the South West over £60 million each year due to flights from Bristol International Airport (BIA), according to Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign

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Short-Haul Flights: Clogging up Heathrow’s Runways

The number of flights using Heathrow could be cut by around 100,000 a year if there were no flights to and from the destinations where there already is a good rail alternative. Research by HACAN ClearSkies shows that Paris, with 60 flights a day, is Heathrow’s top destination.

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A clutch of reports

Four important new reports have been published this autumn:
* Pie in the Sky - Why the costs of airport expansion outweigh the benefits
* The future starts here – the route to a low carbon economy
* Predict and Decide – Aviation, climate change and UK policy
* The Stern report - 'The Economics of Climate Change'

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The Independent: PM’s vow to tackle global warming hit by plans to treble flights

Airport expansion will treble flights by 2030, flying in the face of vows to cut global warming.

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Bishop of London – Sin to Fly

The Bishop of London has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a "gas-guzzling" car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home

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Poll reveals public support for curbing the growth in air travel

A new MORI poll commissioned by the Airfields Environment Trust shows conclusively that the public back action to slow the growth of air travel, and explicitly support taxing flights to do so.

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European ‘Day Of Action’

A European ‘Day of Action’ on aviation happened across Europe on 10 June 2006.

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New night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

The government has announced the new ‘Night Flying Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted’. These will apply from winter 2006/07 to summer 2012.

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Report reveals the “Two Faces” of BAA

The "Two Faces" of BAA.

 

A new report from AirportWatch is a devastating indictment of BAA, revealing the harsh reality behind the responsible and green image that BAA tries to cultivate.

 

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2006: Decision Time for Aviation in White Paper Review

2006: The Year of the Aviation Review

Rarely has a Government White Paper received such constant criticism as the Aviation White Paper. AirportWatch looks at the evidence that has mounted up which proves it is time for the Government to change course when it reviews its White Paper at the end of this year.

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Leap in aviation emissions

Figures released by Defra show that while the UK's overall carbon emission have more or less stabilised, emissions from international aviation are spiralling out of control - they grew by a staggering 12% in 2004.

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Air freight – some unbelievably heavy things that have been flown

Some truly bizarre things have been air freighted. A ferry that once operated on Loch Ness in Scotland was shipped to Kazakhstan by air (August 2007) so the president could tour a copper mine in style. A 42 tonne tram was transport ted from Pisa to Los Angeles by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (August 2005)

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Dedham Vale – Campaigners celebrate flightpath victory

  (20.12.2005     East Anglian Daily Times)   CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the peace and tranquillity of Constable Country by changing controversial aircraft flight patterns celebrated after winning their battle against aviation bosses. A legal action brought by the residents of Dedham Vale against the CA over the nuisance caused by over-flying aircraft was settled in […]

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Nights Flights Rally

A large rally against night flights took place at Westminster Central Hall on 24th Oct. It was timed to coincide with the government's deliberations on the night flights regime at the three London airports.

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EU Consults on Aviation and Climate Change

On Friday 11 March 2004, the European Commission launched a consultation on "Reducing the Climate Change Impact of Aviation." See article for more information and link to Commission web page.

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aaaaaEurope will not suspend emissions tax despite pressure

Ferrovial, the Spanish owner of BAA, thought it made a safe bet when its consortium paid £10.3bn for Britain's largest airport owner 18 months ago. Yesterday's confirmation that its relationship with staff has broken down adds another group to the list of aggrieved parties who lay the blame for BAA's woes firmly at the door of Ferrovial. (Guardian)

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Manston Night Flights consultation – ends 2nd March

Thanet District Council is holding a public consultation, lasting for 28 days and ending on 2nd March. Its aim is to find out what the public think about Manston’s recent night flying proposal. All local residents in the area are encouraged to respond and send in their views. The consultation is not question-based, it simply asks […]

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aaa Southend West MP attacks Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary airport plan

  15th February 2012 in   PLANS for an airport in the Thames Estuary have been dismissed as “absolutely barking mad” by Tory MP David Amess. Mr Amess, MP for Southend West, was one of a handful of speakers at a public meeting in Leigh which discussed the idea of a new airport in the […]

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EU DIRECTIVE 2002/30/EC – Noise Related Operating Restrictions

There is a DfT consultation asking for views on the use of the Directive in the UK and on the EC's review of its operation to date, as a basis for a possible revision. They are asking about the application of the Directive, possible ways to improve it and key elements which should not be lost. Deadline for comment - 19th September 2008.

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118 killed in worst UK air disaster – 1972 BEA Trident crash at Staines shortly after take-off

In June 1972 a BEA Trident aircraft took off from Heathrow, and crashed two minutes later into a field close to Staines. All on board were killed, though nobody on the ground. The reason is thought to be a stall, to which the Trident was prone unless the flaps were operated correctly. There were suggestions of poor relations between flight crew, and that the crash was influence by recent strike action. Recommendations from the inquiry led to the mandatory installation of cockpit voice recorders in British-registered airliners. Another recommendation was for greater caution before allowing off-duty crew members to occupy flight deck seats.

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Cushman & Wakefield 2011 European Cities Monitor shows London best business city

    More companies look to expand in Moscow 11 Oct, 2011, London Cushman & Wakefield European Cities Monitor   · London retains number one position for best European business city overall · Paris and Frankfurt hold second and third rankings · Amsterdam and Berlin move into the top five cities in which to do […]

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Protest to mark the end of the NATS Terminal Control North consultation

A small protest in London against the NATS proposed changes to airspace north of London

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IATA international passenger figures

IATA international passenger data

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CAA air passenger statistics for March 2009

CAA air passenger statistics for March 2009

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CAA terminal and transit passenger data for January 2009

CAA terminal and transit passenger data for January 2009

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CAA passenger numbers for February 2009

CAA air passenger statistics for Feb 2009

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The complete rail guide to Europe

Planning rail journeys in Europe has never been so popular, or so easy. There is plenty of advice around, and this selection is from the Times.

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The London Southend Airport Joint Area Action Plan (June 2008)

Details of the June 2008 first round of consultation on the Southend JAAP

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How to locate older articles on aviation and airport issues, month by month

Find old news stories on airports and aviation  

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Publications on Economics and Employment

Publications on Economics and Employment

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    Date: 12 July 2012 IATA Welcomes ICAO Progress on a CO2 Standard for Aircraft Important Milestone in a Comprehensive Global Solution for Aviation Emissions Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) environment committee on a metric to define a CO2 standard for new […]

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