There is a high cost by 2035 to the EU 28 from not addressing airport constraints.
This assessment compares Eurocontrol’s ‘regulated growth’ (most likely) scenario to the ‘unconstrained growth’ scenario and finds that in 2035:
•1 in 10 people wishing to travel by air are unable to do so due to airport constraints
•Compared to the ‘unconstrained growth’ scenario, economic footprint of the air transport sector shrinks:
– Aviation will support 818 thousand fewer jobs, in addition there will be 485 thousand fewer jobs supported in the tourism sector.
– Aviation’s contribution to GDP will be lower by 52 bn EUR, in addition contribution from tourism will be 24 bn EUR lower.
•Productivity erodes: Worse connectivity leads to lower productivity of up to 86 bn EUR per year.
•Economic welfare dips: Longer delays lead to lost passenger time worth 14 bn EUR per year.
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