Airport growth at risk at West country airports
the Government’s climate change target, the Campaign for Better Transport says.
Heathrow and its controversial third runway would use two-thirds of British aviation’s
carbon ration by 2050 – the threshold at which Government has insisted emissions
from planes would have fallen to below 2005 levels.
Plymouth and Newquay airports would be hit as no other airports in the UK would
be able to expand.
from its current level of 1 million to 3.4 million by 2030.
Geoff Hoon had either “not done his sums properly” or was “so determined to expand
Heathrow that he is willing to cap capacity at every other airport to do it”.
airports were vital to the region, not just in terms of saving “slogging up to
Gatwick and Heathrow”, but supporting tourism and industry. He said: “I strongly
agree with this study, and I’m against Heathrow’s third runway for that reason.”
Newquay to expand. And my passion is to see regional airports expand.”
Exeter and Newquay. Its chief commercial officer, Mike Rutter, said taxing older
polluting aircraft would be a better way of addressing environmental concerns
than “unnecessarily discouraging or inhibiting airport expansion in the UK regions”.
He added: “Flybe believes that regional aviation cannot be constrained to allow
expansion in London.”
expansion. Ministers are facing a major Labour revolt over the plans, with the
Government’s majority slashed to just 19 last night as two Labour MPs resigned
in protest and Labour backbenchers joined the Opposition in blasting plans.
Bush) stepped down as an aide to Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown to
campaign against the plan. Shortly after the vote, Virendra Sharma, Labour MP
for Ealing Southall, quit as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Home Office Minister
Mr Hoon announced there would be a limit on the amount of carbon dioxide the aviation
industry could blast out. Emissions from British aviation would have to be pegged to below 2005 levels
– 37.5 million tonnes – by 2050, he said.
that emissions would rise to 59.9 million tonnes in 2050, even taking into consideration steady improvement in aircraft fuel efficiency.
The forecast assumes that annual passenger numbers more than double from 228 million
in 2005 to 525 million by 2050.
growing in 2030 – and its emissions stabilised – all other airports in Britain
would have to cut their combined emissions by a third by 2050 to comply with the
passenger numbers from 350,000 to around 1.43 million in 2030. Meanwhile, an independent
analysis of Plymouth City Airport shows it could still push passenger numbers
up from about 80,000 to 520,000 a year by 2020 without a runway extension. A spokesman
said year-round regional air services were “a lifeline for areas like the far
South West, where road and rail links are relatively poor”.
away, and it will be up to the Government of the day to decide how to achieve
the right balance between international services and regional air links when setting
add a further £160 million to the regional economy over the next two decades,
pointed to improvements in aircraft efficiency as pioneered by Flybe’s Bombardier