Transport Committee - First Report
Aviation Strategy

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 8 May 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Aviation and connectivity

Government strategy and the airport capacity debate

Our inquiry

2 Demand for growth

Demand forecasts


Accommodating demand within existing capacity


3 The impacts of growth

Global impacts

Local impacts

Air quality


Tackling air quality and noise

4 Airports in the south east and the hub debate

Why is capacity at the UK's hub airport important?

Potential solutions

A new hub

A split hub

Expansion of existing airports

Short-term options

Surface access

5 Airports outside the south east

Developing new routes

Connectivity through hubs

Surface access

Economic regulation

6 Taxation

Fuel duty and VAT

Air Passenger Duty

Differential rates and APD holidays


7 Concluding remarks

The main challenges going forward

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex A: Programme of the visit to Frankfurt Airport

Annex B: Commissioned research: Would a new hub airport be commercially viable?


1 Introduction

2 Scenarios

3 Demand for aviation

4 The cost of a new hub

5 Implications for charges

6 Is public funding likely to be required?

7 Is it financeable?

A1 Remit

A2 Assessment of scenarios

A3 Location of existing proposals

A4 Construction of demand forecasts

A5 Compensation costs

A6 Operating costs

A7 Oxera's cash-flow modelling

A8 Financing options—transport precedent

A9 Recent proposals and international precedent

A10 Pre-funding of aviation infrastructure via charges

A11 Potential uses of existing airport space

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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