Runway expansion plans slip but air travel demand keeps on rising

The UK Department for Transport's air transport White Paper published in 2006 conceded that delivery of new runway capacity is lagging behind that envisaged in the 2003 air transport White Paper. Plans for new runways at Stansted, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been delayed. The author suggests that the Department is relieved at the slow progress, in the light of increased concern about global warming. The progress report does not make reference to the ownership of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, but does emphasise the economic importance of Heathrow. The new White Paper still foresees a growth of air travel demand, with passenger numbers through UK airports doubling by 2030. Carbon pricing is expected to be phased in, probably by incorporating aviation in the European emissions trading scheme. The White Paper has attracted criticism for failing to introduce new policies to address aviation's contribution to global warming but has proposed the introduction of an emissions cost assessment to determine whether the aviation sector is meeting its external climate change costs. The paper reiterates the Government's support for including aviation in the European Commission's emissions trading scheme. Details are included of the status of expansion plans at Heathrow and Stansted.


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  • Accession Number: 01045838
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:22PM