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Arrival of the A380 'will spur airport expansion'

26 January 2009 07:49

Arrival of the A380 'will spur airport expansion'

The giant plane can carry a maximum of 853 passengers, though so far all the airlines that have placed orders have equipped their fleet with several luxurious first class cabins.

What's more, as well as restoring the traditional glamour of air travel, the massive commercial aircraft is also likely to have a knock-on effect in the development of many airports.

That is according to Leo Murray, spokesperson for anti-expansion group Plane Stupid, which has opposed the construction of a third runway at London Heathrow Airport.

He emphasised that the new aircraft would not only increase overall passenger numbers, but it would directly spur on the expansion of a number of smaller regional bases.

"There are lots of airports in the world which currently cannot accommodate the Airbus A380," Mr Murray noted. "So actually it is going to be a driver for airport expansion - so that airports which currently can't take these new planes can." ADNFCR-1320-ID-18839561-ADNFCR