AirportWatch Europe has been launched. It is a network which brings together aviation and airport campaigners from across Europe. It is not a new organisation. It is a grassroots network. It will produce a quarterly newsletter. It will also report on key events. And this website will be a chance for campaigners to tell us about their activities.
Across Europe there are a record number of grassroots campaigns challenging the onward expansion of the aviation industry. And in recent years they have had success in stopping some of aviation’s big projects such as a third runway at Heathrow and a third runway at Munich.
But we believe the aviation industry is still out-of-control and we will be campaigning for governments across Europe to bring it under control. For example, it pays no tax on its fuel. Europe is losing billions of euros each year because of this.
Aviation is also one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emissions which cause climate change. And aircraft noise remains a serious problem at many airports. Night flights can be a particular problem to residents.
We do not believe that the new technology which will make planes less noisy and less polluting will be enough in themselves. As a network we will campaign for real action to control the aviation industry.