This paper discusses the nature of the transition facing the UK airport system. This transition is from a feeder/hub pattern of airports with a single hub to one in which a small number of regional airports offer a network of air services commensurate with that available at Heathrow. Sound policies in airport planning must be based on encouraging and fostering those forces which are to the long-term advantage of air travellers as a whole, while not ignoring the interests of those who may be adversely affected by the growth of aviation. There is a need for sound policies which can be flexibly applied, rather than for any rigid blue-print in which each airport is allotted a clearly specified role, in terms of air services or total volume of traffic. It is further necessary to identify those airports best fitted to become the major regional airports of the future, and provide a measure of protection to international services at these airports until they are well established and able to withstand competition from smaller airports. The continuing operation of smaller airports should reflect the needs of the travelling public and enable legitimate interests to be expressed without undermining the wider benefits accuring from the development of major regional airports.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Civil Aviation Authority, England

    Space House, 43/59 Kingsway
    London WC2B 6TE,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179853
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Civil Aviation Authority, England
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAP 372
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM