Title: “The Expansion of Regional Airports – Really a good thing?”
Date: September 2009
Length: 12 pages
Summary: The report argues the case against the expansion of regional airports. There are strong arguments on grounds of the air tourism deficit losing local economies billions; on the carbon emissions generated by these airports, and the local environmental and noise implications.
Title: Why airport expansion is bad for regional economies – FoE briefing 2005
Author: Friends of the Earth
Length: 8 pages
Summary: This briefing shows new analysis that at a regional level these figures 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.
The UK runs a massive economic deficit from air travel. Foreign visitors arriving 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.