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Handbook on Transport and Development

Handbook on Transport and Development

Edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister

This Handbook provides an extensive overview of the relationships between transport and development. With 45 chapters from leading international authors, the book is organised in three main parts: urban structure and travel; transport and spatial impacts; and wider dimensions in transport and development. The chapters each present commentary on key issues within these themes, presenting the debate on the impacts of urban structure on travel, the impacts of transport investment on development, and social and cultural change on travel. A multitude of angles are considered – leaving the reader with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the field.

Chapter 24: The expansion of large international hub airports

Andrew R. Goetz

Subjects: development studies, development studies, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, environmental economics, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


There is no question that airports and the aviation industry play a major role in the contemporary global economy. Air passenger and cargo transport has become indispensable for global commerce, especially in tourism, trade, logistics and producer services. No other mode of transport provides such high-speed service over long distances, crossing both land and sea. Air transport provides superb accessibility between global air hubs and major spokes to facilitate economic development at these nodes and their surrounding regions. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that aviation has a global economic impact of $2.2 trillion, or about 3.5 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), and accounts for 56.6 million people employed in aviation and related industries (IATA, 2012). Commercial air travel has been experiencing strong growth in demand throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, and this trend has continued, albeit somewhat less consistently, into the twenty-first century. Annual growth rates have averaged 5–6 per cent from the 1960s, but have fluctuated since 2000. Increasing GDP and disposable incomes, together with technological improvements in the speed, comfort, and safety of commercial air travel have been key factors behind the strong historical growth in aviation demand.

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