The Quality of Life in Airport Regions – How to Sustain a Good Marriage

By Olaf van Tol

All the larger European airports are situated in densely populated metropolitan areas. Obviously, airports affect their surrounding regions – both in a negative and in a positive way. Apart from the most obvious negative impacts such as noise, safety concerns and health-related issues, an airport’s positive aspects are often less known to the general public. This is not likely to change in the coming years. In today’s market, the contribution of airports to national and regional economies calls for more support for growth in the civil aviation sector.

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The Regional Impact of Airports: How Can We Measure It?

by: Dr. Robert Malina and Christoph Wollersheim

wollersheimIn most countries, the majority of airports depend on public funding. Local politicians, airport managers and other advocates of regional aviation habitually justify their intentions by referring to studies that demonstrate the importance of the particular airport for the regional economy. There does not seem to be a clear consensus. In this paper, we therefore analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the three major approaches and their applicability to the quantification of the economic impact of airports.

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