Airport trumpets continued expansion

ImageSouthampton Airport is celebrating a 4.1% increase in passengers and says it expects to pass the 2 million passenger milestone in the latter part of the year. But residents opposing expansion have expressed concern about local communities and the environment.

While airport MD Chris Butler thanked airport staff for their dedication, Airport Pressure Group chair Mary Finch told “Obviously this is not good for local people and the local environment, and hopefully people will continue to support us in our fight to get fair play for all those who have to live with what comes out of Southampton International Airport.”

Recent aviation media picks

Airport celebrates busiest year -  BBC Hampshire

Impact of aviation on climate change “wildly exaggerated by environmental activist groups” - cheap flight operator Flybe on its website

Researchers at the Tyndall Centre, which brings together scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists from seven leading UK universities, say the government’s plans for sky-high aviation will negate their own climate change targets
Carry on flying, says Blair - science will save the planet - Guardian

Green groups tell airline boss and minister to stop bickering and act - Independent

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