Airport expansion is neither necessary nor desirable. It is claimed that the growth in demand for more flights which we have witnessed in recent decades will continue inexorably at the same rate. But recent figures show that numbers of flights have slumped as a result of the financial crisis and that passenger numbers are now at their lowest level since 2001. There is no reason to believe that the era of cheap holiday flights (made possible by the recent fall in oil prices which may well be only temporary), which have largely fuelled the growth in passenger numbers, will last for ever, and improved electronic communication may drastically reduce the need for business flying. The case against airport expansion rests of course mainly on environmental grounds, both short-term local considerations of noise and pollution and more importantly by the long-term potential disaster of global warming. The world simply cannot afford more COČ2 emissions from aeroplanes (which have a greater impact as they are generated at high altitude) Technological fixes to improve fuel efficiency are far off and prohibitively expensive.
GREED NOT NEED
I am opposed to the building of any new airports and any expansion to existing airports due to the devastating environmetal impact which would be caused by an increase in noise, air pollution, congestion, damage to natural wildlife habitats and damage to the health of people, flora and fauna.
Expanding airports is a terrible idea. Land will be lost, and more greenhouse gases will be emitted. We need to limit such reckless behaviour at once.
Richard the sceptic
Airport expansion means ever more noise, pollution, congestion, and dependence on fossil fuels. Short haul flights are particularly inefficient and should be phased out, not encouraged.
I do not agree with airport expansion
In a day and age when we should be reducing how much we fly, it is rediculous to then expand airports.
This government claims to be the greenest government yet. It should be directing money into lower emission forms of transport, and not supporting an already bloated aviation industry.
I am opposed to the expansion of airports and the aviation industry. We should be looking to alternative means of transport. I am campaiging against a night flights proposal from Manston Airport as I campaigned against the 3rd runway at Heathrow. I have not taken a holiday by plane for 4 years.
Flying is a major and growing contributor to climate change. My personal action, which I plan to continue indefinitely, consists of NEVER FLYING--and believe me, for someone like me who has always enjoyed exotic travel, it isn\'t easy. But I\'ve kept it up since 2005.