Feasibility review of a Thames estuary airport: will it ever fly?

Gittoes, Harry (2013) Feasibility review of a Thames estuary airport: will it ever fly? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Purpose and Inspiration: As an island nation, it is self-evident that air connectivity is fundamental for international trade, economic prosperity, and social cohesion. However, UK airports are becoming increasingly congested as they attempt to cope with aviation demand trends which annually exceed supply. This dissertation sets out to determine whether the solution for an unconstrained air capacity in the UK lies with an airport in the Thames Estuary.

    Methodology: The literature review established a number of socio-economic benefits and environmental impacts arising from an estuarial airport via secondary data resources. In terms of primary data collection a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods were used. Firstly, a public perception questionnaire that engaged with local communities to determine if their attitudes towards supported or opposed such a development, and secondly, several qualitative interviews with industry professionals to identify the outcomes surrounding an estuarial airport from a socio-economic and environmental perspective.

    Findings: This dissertation identified a number of key empirical research findings that facilitate in determining the feasibility of an estuary airport. In particular, that an estuarial airport would significantly increase flood risk vulnerability and is not an ideal location for inward investment or economic trade.

    Limitations: The findings established in this dissertation are indicative and unrepresentative due to the time, scale and monetary constraints that faced this dissertation. The implications of this limitation are that findings are principally based on the perspectives of an unrepresentative sample and therefore low in both validity and reliability.

    Originality/value: This dissertation generates a contemporary perception on the feasibility of an estuarial airport by weighing the socio-economic benefits against the environmental impacts. The findings will be of particular interest to government, the aviation sector and cross-party commission when determining the short term, interim and long term solutions for maintaining UK connectivity.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 12:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14390

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