Manchester Airport ‘to be as busy as Heathrow’
busy as Heathrow is today, the government has predicted.
at Manchester by 2050 – up from 213,000 in 2005.
has been described as ‘shocking’ by opponents of the airport’s expansion.
being built at Manchester, although airport chiefs denied the claim.
determine Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions. They predict Manchester will be
the fastest growing of the four biggest airports in Britain and will overtake
Gatwick to become the second busiest. By 2050, it is predicted to handle as many
flights as Heathrow does now.
and will still be the country’s busiest airport, with just over 700,000 flights.
said: "Nobody I’ve spoken to was aware of the extent to which Manchester Airport
hopes to expand, indeed those I’ve told are both shocked and stunned by the news.
The wider community should be consulted as homes under or near flight paths will
surely lose their value due to the increased noise and pollution.
the impact these extra flights would cause before pressing ahead."
"It’s time to update our thinking about airport expansion. We need to create jobs
in low carbon industries and move away from this ‘all-growth-is-good-growth’ mentality."
that Britain’s aviation demand could grow more than 200 per cent over the next
40 years and the number of passengers could rise from 230m to 695m per year.
or below 2005 levels and put Britain 600,000 take-offs and landings over the target
Committee on Climate Change and as an industry pledged again to reduce levels
of carbon dioxide emissions substantially in the years ahead. Aviation holds a
key role, not only in providing essential transport links that enable economies
to grow, but in bringing important benefits to society, the value of which should
not be underestimated."
been exposed today by local campaigners.
project that Manchester Airport will be as busy as Heathrow Airport is today,
should the expansion plans go ahead.
to expand, indeed those I’ve told are both shocked and stunned by the news. The
wider community should have been consulted as homes under or near flight paths
will surely lose their value due to the increased noise and pollution. Manchester
City Council, who own the airport, should come clean and assess the impact these
extra flights would cause before pressing ahead with any further expansion."
as busy as Heathrow is today, and will make it the 2nd busiest airport in the
UK. The City Council owns the airport, yet it is consistently omitted it from
their climate change action plans. This totally undermines its credibility. It’s
time to update our thinking about airport expansion. We need to create jobs in
low carbon industries and move away from this ‘all-growth-is-good-growth’ mentality."
(ATMs) at Manchester Airport, making it the busiest airport in the UK, after Heathrow,
and near the levels of ATMs seen at Heathrow today:
600,000 ATMs over the maximum limit. It says:
of about 3.4 million in 2050, about 0.6 million below the level modelled in the
Likely scenario." Pg 27
of certain airports:
to taxes, capacity expansion or slot allocation at specific airports." Pg 28
in 2050 (Likely scenario assumptions)
capacity (ATMs, ‘000s) distribution (‘000s)
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Robbie Gillett, SEMA (Stop Expansion Manchester Airport) spokesperson: 0774 6711
CCC’s guidance limit for ATMs of a maximum of 3,418 per year, there would be the
potential for airports such as Manchester to increase their ATMs much more. The
449,000 figure could even be exceeded. The CCC report makes no attempt to presume
which airports would be allocated this additional number of flights – which would
be difficult so far in to the future.
by 2030 and the anticipated emissions by planes from Manchester would also be
second highest (page 143) by 2030.
60% on 2005 levels by 2050 would be possible, taking total annual passenger numbers
from 230 million to around 370 million. This would be equivalent to taking total
passenger trips (one departure plus one arrival) from 115 million in 2005 to around
185 million in 2050.
This target-compatible demand growth of around 60% compares with the growth of
over 200% which might result in a world where there were no capacity constraints
and no carbon price.
only get an extra 8% of flights..