Why Oppose Expansion?

Debunking myths about LBA expansion

  1. Debunking the myth that Leeds Bradford Airport can expand to 7 million passengers a year even after withdrawing its planning application

  2. Debunking LBA’s claim that it can fly an unlimited number of planes at night - in brief

  3. Debunking LBA’s claim that it can fly an unlimited number of planes at night - in detail

  4. Debunking LBA’s claim that aviation is ‘going green’ soon

 

Why do we oppose expansion?

The Climate Crisis: protect our future
 

LBA expansion would mean a huge increase in the airport’s greenhouse gas emissions. Leeds City Council has signed the UK100 Net Zero Pledge and committed to make the Leeds district carbon net zero by 2045. However from 2026 an expanded airport would pump out more emissions than are allowed in the carbon budget for the whole of Leeds. We all depend on the same climate so we all need to protect it. Sir David King, the government's former chief scientific advisor, has warned: “Time is no longer on our side… what we plan to do over the next 10 to 12 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years”. Read more...

Christopher Harry - Wasted

Christopher Harry - Wasted

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Noise and Health: put people first

Noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily lives at school, at work, at home and during leisure time. It disturbs sleep, causing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Aircraft noise is a serious problem and the World Health Organisation recommends far lower thresholds to prevent adverse health impacts from aviation. Safeguarding the health of local communities must be a priority – twice the flights mean twice the noise. Read more...

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Christopher Harry - Night Flights

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Air Pollution: let us breathe

The quality of the air we breathe would be damaged by the increase in both daytime and night time flights and the large increase in road traffic . This would cause more emissions and damage air quality for communities living near the airport. Leeds Public Health has warned: “Older people and people with limiting long term illness and disability, particularly those with respiratory conditions, will therefore be disproportionately affected...” Read more...

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Christopher Harry - Emissions

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Jobs and Economy: green new deal

LBA has made exaggerated claims about the economic benefits for West Yorkshire and the new jobs that expansion would bring. Airports around the world, including LBA, are planning to replace workers with technology - because machines are cheaper than workers. LBA also wants to take thousands more people and their money out of the local economy to spend it abroad - just when we’re trying to recover from Covid. When this ‘tourism deficit’ is taken into account, airport expansion would mean an overall loss to our local economy. Read more...