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1st Edition

The Geographies of Air Transport

ISBN 9781138245570
Published September 6, 2016 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

Making a detailed contribution to geographies of air transport and aeromobility, this book examines the practices and processes that produce particular patterns of air transport provision both regionally and globally. In so doing, it updates the seminal contributions of Eva Taylor (1945), Kenneth Sealy (1957), Brian Graham (1995) and others to the study of air transport geography. Leading scholars in the field offer a unique insight into the key developments that have occurred in the field and the implications that these developments have had for geography, geographers, and global patterns of past, present and future air transport. Although globalization and liberalization processes have greatly expanded the demand for air transport over the last two decades, the industry has experienced several major setbacks due to economic, security, and environmental concerns. Many of these impacts have been much more pronounced in some regions, such as North America and Europe while others, such as Asia-Pacific have not been as adversely affected. Accordingly, there is a clear need to examine these recent economic and geopolitical changes from a geographical perspective given the differentiated pattern of effects from global processes. Addressing this need, this volume opens with thematic chapters covering key topics such as the historical geographies, socio-cultural mobilities, environmental externalities, urban geographies, and sustainability of the global air transport industry, followed by regional analysis of the industry in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Greater Middle East and Africa as well as North America and Europe.

Table of Contents

Contents: The geographies of air transport: an introduction, Lucy Budd and Andrew R. Goetz. Part I Thematic Approaches: The historical geographies of air transport, Lucy Budd; The geopolitics of air transport, Keith G. Debbage; The economic geography of air transport, John T. Bowen, Jr; Social and cultural geographies of air transport, Peter Adey and Weiqiang Lin; Environmental externalities of air transport, Tim Ryley; The role of airports in air transport, Anne Graham and Stephen Ison; Global cities and air transport, Ben Derudder and Frank Witlox; The sustainability of air transport, Christopher Paling, Paul Hooper and Callum Thomas. Part II Regional Approaches: Geographies of air transport in North America, Sean Tierney; Geographies of European air transport, Frédéric Dobruszkes; Air transport geographies of the Asia-Pacific, Kevin O’Connor and Kurt Fuellhart; Geographies of Latin American air transport, Gustavo Lipovich; Geographies of Middle Eastern air transport, Khaula Alkaabi; Geographies of air transport in Africa: aviation’s ’last frontier’, Gordon Pirie; Conclusion, Andrew R. Goetz and Lucy Budd. Index.

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Andrew R. Goetz is a Professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment and a faculty member in the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, USA. Lucy Budd is a Senior Lecturer in Air Transport in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK.


’The Geographies of Air Transport provides a timely and incisive overview of the socio-economic, cultural and environmental ramifications of commercial aviation and aeromobility. An international array of contributors expertly interweave theoretical and empirical perspectives to provide a global analysis of this key industry.’ Brian Graham, University of Ulster, UK ’The Geographies of Air Transport is a significant work, with an assemblage of well-respected authors covering the comprehensive landscape of aviation geography. Commercial aviation is evolving at nearly jet speed, and this book explains and analyzes historical and contemporary developments with clarity and intelligence.’ Paul Stephen Dempsey, McGill University, Canada ’This seminal text provides a truly original and global perspective on the key developments which have occurred in air transportation in the most dynamic period of contemporary globalization and societal change. The world experts assembled not only offer new and unique insights into commercial aviation, but also present case studies from all regions of the globe, including the emerging markets. This book is a must read for all scholars of aviation and policy, and the movers and the shakers of the air transportation industry itself!’ Jonathan V. Beaverstock, University of Bristol, UK