This book provides a timeline of key moments in commercial air transport history.
This publication includes a series of case studies from cities in Asia and the Pacific that illustrate the crucial role of air transport as an engine of economic growth and job creation. It shows how well-designed and well-coordinated tourism and air transport policies can underspin the growth of tourism while emphasizing the role of low-cost carriers in the transformation of air transport in the region.
Clean Sky is the most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever launched in Europe. Its mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performances of airplanes and air transport, resulting in less noisy and more fuel efficient aircraft, hence bringing a key contribution in achieving the Single European Sky environmental objectives.
On 30 April 2014, EU Regulation 421/2014 came into force across the 28 Member States. The EU Regulation temporarily reduces Aviation EU ETS to an intra-European Economic Area scope from 2013 until 2016. The Government has carried out a consultation for the UK Regulations that will implement the EU Regulation, and this publication analyses responses.
The International Transport Forum has published a report which examines the likely responses from airlines in all segments of the market: the local hub carrier, BA, other network airlines, short and long haul low-cost carriers and charter airlines to proposals from the Airports Commission on expanding the UK’s long-term aviation capacity. It identifies the main drivers of airline behaviour and considers the possible influence of changes to existing business models and the introduction of new types of aircraft, such as the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350. The report develops six sets of responses, three following expansion of Gatwick and three following expansion of Heathrow, to test the likely evolution of the market. As the future of the highly dynamic aviation market is uncertain, it checks the resilience of each across five different scenarios of how the global aviation sector may develop in the future. The analysis maps the implications for connectivity and potential benefits to the consumer through airline competition and relieving congestion at airports and reducing the associated economic rents. This report is part of the International Transport Forum’s Country Specific Policy Analysis (CSPA) series. These are topical studies on specific transport policy issues of concern to a country carried out by ITF on request.
The Airports Commission has published for consultation its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The consultation presents the commission’s analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year: two for expansion at Heathrow Airport and one proposal at Gatwick Airport. It invites public comment on the commission’s detailed consideration of each proposal. This includes analysis of the cost of each proposal, the effect on communities of noise, property loss and construction, and the economic benefits and environmental impacts. Comments are requested by 3 February 2015.
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This consultation document seeks views on the proposed economic regulation approach of the Civil Aviation Authority towards new capacity expansion of London airports. Comments are requested by 18 December 2014.
Stopping Heathrow Airport expansion (for now): Lessons from a victory for the politics of sufficiency
A politics of sufficiency challenges the relentless expansion of production and consumption. It faces daunting obstacles in contemporary societies where macro-economic growth has come to be seen as imperative. However, when defined more narrowly, as a challenge to the growth of particular forms of economic activity, ideas of sufficiency have made some limited inroads. One significant example is the Conservative-led government’s cancellation of the planned third runway at Heathrow airport in Britain. This represented a major victory for environmentalists and others who argued that aviation growth conflicted with Britain’s carbon-reduction targets. The case sheds light on the conditions in which sufficiency-based policies can prevail today, notably through linkages with core political imperatives faced by states and political actors. In this case, a sufficiency approach became linked to the legitimacy needs of the Conservative Party at a key moment, while campaigners succeeded in casting doubt on claims that Heathrow expansion was economically imperative. This article appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (Vol.16 Issue 4, 2014).
For the fifth year, ACI EUROPE presents its economics report on the key financial and economic characteristics of the European airport industry. The report again provides an overview of the developments in such diverse categories as revenues, costs and profitability of European airport operators. The results of the report point to an industry which has weathered the financial and economic storms of recent years, but one which has also had to adapt and change, not least in relation to operating costs and capital investment plans. The report also sheds light on the significant difference in trading conditions facing EU and non- EU airports, which, while in part a reflection of contemporary trading conditions, was also very much due to more deep-rooted structural economic differences, and as such is likely to remain a reality for some time to come.