In the public debate on aviation, economic arguments play a major role. Various parties assume certain relationships between aviation, airport capacity and destination network, on the one hand, and economic growth, economic prosperity and the appeal of the Netherlands as a business location, on the other. In this connection The Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment asked CE Delft to assess the scientific merits of the following often cited arguments:
With reference to the scientific literature and empirical data, each of these arguments is analysed. Conclusions are then drawn and the question addressed whether a standstill in Schiphol’s capacity or a small decrease would cause economic damage to the aviation sector.