AEF analysis claims economic impact of new Heathrow runway exaggerated

AEF analysis claims economic impact of new Heathrow runway exaggeratedIn its final report, released Jul 1 2015, the Airports Commission claimed that a new north-west runway at Heathrow would deliver up to £147 billion benefit for the UK (over 60 years). The AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) has critically analysed the Commission’s various documents and concludes that “claims of £147 billion do not take into account the environmental or surface access costs associated with a new runway.” Rather, they claim, there could even be a net cost to the UK economy of £9 billion over 60 years. Furthermore, AEF says that even with some ‘wider economic benefits’ included, the benefit over 60 years would still be only £1.4 billion.

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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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