Bad news for Scottish emissions - Glasgow,Aberdeen,Edinburgh,Prestwick Airport News

Airport news for Glasgow,Aberdeen,Edinburgh,Prestwick on 29/05/2008.

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Airports in Scotland are anticipating difficulty meeting climate change emission targets in light of a new study which predicts large increases in the number of travellers to fly from Scottish airports in the next decade.

Ministers have a plan to cut pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, but they will have trouble achieving that goal if airports continue to keep pace with growing customer demand for flights.

There are 15 airports in Scotland which are used by 25 million people every year. Most travellers prefer to fly from four major airports. Every year, nine million passengers use Edinburgh Airport. Glasgow Airport records 8.8 million passengers a year. Aberdeen recorded 3.4 million passengers and 2.4 million people flew from Prestwick.

By 2010, experts are predicting the number of Scottish passengers to increase to 25 million. By 2030, there may be as many as 50 million flyers and by 2050, as many as 120 million people could be flying annually from Scotland.

The World Development Movement (WDM) predicts that such numbers could increase the pollution produced from airplanes dramatically. Currently aircrafts in Scotland product 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution, which could increase up to 16 million tones in the future.

Liz Murray, WDM's head of campaigns in Scotland, said: “It is absolutely vital that the Scottish government includes emissions from aviation in the Scottish climate change bill from the outset.”

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