Stansted passengers down to around the level…

Stansted passengers down to around the level in 2000; huge reduction in the UK tourism deficit, due to Covid
2020-12-18 15:32:00
Stop Stansted Expansion’s end-of-year message to its supporters provides some useful numbers.  As well as the huge financial and job losses to the aviation sector due to Covid, the impact has been that Stansted has around 8 million passengers (about the level 20 years ago).  The Government’s independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, published a major report on December 9th  recommending no further net airport expansion, if the UK is to meet its ‘net zero’ target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But Covid has meant that the trade deficit caused by UK outbound tourism, that was £34 billion in 2019, is much smaller – as far fewer Brits could travel abroad and spend their holiday money there.  SSE say it is estimated that the Spanish tourism industry lost £20 billion this year from UK tourists, with huge losses for the tourism industry in France, Greece and Portugal.  Whilst the UK also has lost income from foreign tourists, it is benefitting in net terms to the tune of about £2-3 billion every month. Much of that money has been spent in the UK, on home improvements, new furniture and appliances, savings and some “staycations.”     GOODBYE 2020 – AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR  STOP STANSTED EXPANSION  PRESS RELEASE – 15 DECEMBER 2020  Most of us will say good ri

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