1st Edition

Aviation Social and Economic Impacts

By Lucy Budd, Stephen Ison Copyright 2020
    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    As both an enabler and accelerator of globalisation, aviation has had profound and sometime unintended and unanticipated social and economic impacts. Commercial airports are not only transport nodes that facilitate aerial movement they are also major centres of employment but often sites of political contestation surrounding their planning and development as economic growth imperatives conflict with environmental concerns.

    Noise is often cited as being one of the most socially contested aspects of airport operations for local communities, particularly when flights are operating during the night. This is a particular challenge for cargo operators whose business model is based on rapid overnight delivery and distribution. Specific factors including night noise curfews and the provision and co-location of freight forwarders are significant determinants of airport choice and this, in turn, leads to freight forwarding firms clustering at major freight facilities.

    As well as meeting the mobility needs of business travellers and cargo consignors, air travel also facilitates the mass movement of leisure passengers. The benefits, challenges and limits to growth of this market segment are explored together with the social, economic and environmental challenges tourism creates for receiving countries. The role of airlines in planning, developing and marketing tourist destinations is also examined in this Volume. Aviation-led tourist development is particularly pronounced in cities such as Singapore and Dubai where air service deregulation and airport-airline-destination marketing strategies have created not only major international transit hubs but also significant centres of international urban tourism.

    In addition to serving routes with high levels of passenger and cargo demand, aviation also performs a vital role for geographically remote and/or inaccessible regions that cannot be rapidly accessed by road, sea or rail. Owing to lower levels of demand, the need for small (and sometimes specially equipped aircraft) and the vagaries of the local weather and climate, these services are expensive to operate and may not be economically viable without subsidy. Experiences from the US and European Union examine some of the issues surrounding the operation of these services. The Volume concludes with consideration of aviation’s environmental impacts and potential mitigation strategies such as the EU’s Emissions Trading System.

    Volume 5 Aviation Social and Economic Impacts


    Part I Airports and Economic Development

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    6. D. Gillen and A. Lall, ‘Competitive Advantage of Low-cost Carriers: Some Implications for Airports’, Journal of Air Transport Management, 10, 2004, 41-50.
    7. Part II Airport Logistics and Supply Chains

    8. J. Gardiner, S. Ison and I. Humphreys, ‘Factors Influencing Cargo Airlines’ Choice of Airport: An International Survey’, Journal of Air Transport Management, 11, 2005, 393-399.
    9. J. Bowen and T. Leinbach, ‘Market Concentration in the Air Freight Forwarding Industry’, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografic, 95, 2, 2004, 174-188.
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    13. Part III Air Transport and Tourism

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    17. G. Lohmann, S. Albers, B. Koch and K. Pavlovich, ‘From Hub to Tourism Destination – An Explorative Study of Singapore and Dubai’s Aviation-based Transformation’, Journal of Air Transport Management, 15, 2009, 205-211.
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    19. Part IV Air Transport in Remote Regions

    20. S. Bråthen and N. Halpern, ‘Air Transport Service Provision and Management Strategies to Improve the Economic Benefits for Remote Regions’, Research in Transportation Business and Management, 4, 2012, 3-12.
    21. M. D. Wittman, F. Allroggen and R. Malina, ‘Public Service Obligations for Air Transport in the United States and Europe: Connectivity Effects and Value for Money’, Transportation Research Part A, 94, 2016, 112-128.
    22. J. Calzada and X. Fageda, ‘Competition and Public Service Obligations in European Aviation Markets’, Transportation Research Part A, 70, 2014, 104-116.
    23. R. Merkert and B. O’Fee, ‘Efficient Procurement of Public Air Services – Lessons Learned from European Transport Authorities’ Perspectives’, Transport Policy, 29, 118-125.
    24. T. H. Grubesic, T. C. Matisziw and A. T. Murray, ‘Assessing Geographic Coverage of the Essential Air Service Program’, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 46, 2012, 124-135.
    25. Part V Environmental externalities

    26. P. Morrell and C. H.-Y. Lu, ‘Aircraft Noise Social Cost and Charge Mechanisms – A Case Study of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’, Transportation Research Part D, 5, 2000, 305-320.
    27. M. May and S. B. Hill, ‘Questioning Airport Expansion – A Case Study of Canberra International Airport’, Journal of Transport Geography, 14, 2006, 437-450.
    28. B. Graham and J. Shaw, ‘Low-cost Airlines in Europe: Reconciling Liberalization and Sustainability’, Geoforum, 39, 2008, 1439-1451.
    29. J. Vespermann and A. Wald, ‘Much Ado about Nothing? – An Analysis of Economic Impacts and Ecologic Effects of the EU-emission Trading Scheme in the Aviation Industry’, Transportation Research Part A, 45, 2011, 1066-1076.
    30. S. Sgouridis, P. A. Bonnefoy and R. J. Hansman, ‘Air Transportation in a Carbon Constrained World: Long-term Dynamics of Policies and Strategies for Mitigating the Carbon Footprint of Commercial Aviation’, Transportation Research Part A, 45, 2011, 1077-1091.


    Lucy Budd is Professor of Air Transport Management and Stephen Ison is Professor of  Air Transport Policy at De Montfort University, UK.