Protests growing at ‘destructive’ airport mega-projects

Governments around the world are causing huge harm to the environment by developing giant airport schemes, says the Ecologist magazine. According the article, these ‘aerotropolis’ are “inverting the traditional model of airport development, the airport is not built to serve a city. A city is built around an airport.” However, resistance is spreading.


1: “In April, the announcement of the acquisition of 60 square kilometres of farmland for an airport in Bhogapuram, Andhra Pradesh, saw 7,000 people from 16 villages demonstrate outside government offices and blocked the main highway between Chennai and Kolkata.”

2: “Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania claims 110 square kilometres of land as its “estate”, upon which it intends to establish “massive shopping centres, high class tourist hotels, duty free ports, Export Processing Zones, educational institutions, custom bonded warehouses, curio shops, golf courses and a large game ranch.” Over 10,000 people living in Maasai pastoralist communities on the site are resisting displacement.”

3: In March 2015, the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement was launched, aiming to co-ordinate local campaigns and spread awareness of these airport developments a global audience.


1: Read the original article on The Ecologist website.

2: Follow the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement on twitter

3: Download the introduction to the book Plane Truth: Aviation’s Real Impact on People and the Environment.


Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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