Assessing The Future of Air Transport White Paper as a strategic framework for sustainable airport development

Ipsos MORI
Department for Transport
Date published:
01 February 2010


The Future of Air Transport White Paper (ATWP) stated that the government would monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the policies set out in the ATWP. As part of this process, the Department for Transport commissioned NERA Economic Consulting to produce an evaluation framework covering all key aspects of the ATWP.

This specific research study builds on the DfT’s evidence base and takes forward two elements of the evaluation framework:

(i) It assesses the perceived effectiveness of the overall strategic framework provided by the ATWP. For example, it investigates stakeholders’ views on the timeframe and coverage of the ATWP;

(ii) It investigates the influence of airport master plan policy on local airport development processes. For example, it explores stakeholders’ views on DfT guidance on master plans and the impact of master plans on community engagement.

The study was carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Institute of Transport Studies (ITS). ITS conducted a content review of 10 master plan documents, selected by ITS based on a range of criteria such as airport size, location and ownership. Ipsos MORI carried out 62 interviews with a range of stakeholders at these airports, as well as members of DfT's Aviation External Advisory Group (which includes representatives from the aviation industry, environmental organisations and other key interest groups). Interviewees were selected to reflect the wide range of views on aviation. 

The DfT will consider the results of this study carefully, and they will help inform thinking on policy development.

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