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Investigating the Implications of the London Heathrow Airport Expansion for the Landside Freight Industry

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Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kingston 876, Jamaica
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School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
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School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster, London NW1 5LS, UK
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Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
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Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PX, UK
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Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editors: EunSu Lee, Yongjang Kwon, Melanie McDonald and Yong-Shin Park
Logistics 2021, 5(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics5030050
Received: 8 June 2021 / Revised: 1 July 2021 / Accepted: 7 July 2021 / Published: 12 July 2021
The air cargo industry is hugely important to national economies, trade, and development. Thus far, there has been limited research on the landside freight industry. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to extend the understanding of how alterations in the air cargo industry impact on its landside freight counterpart. It also seeks to explore the potential opportunities and challenges this presents, as well as the measures that can be taken to mitigate unsustainable development for the landside freight industry. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect the views of key stakeholders, freight industry experts, and other professionals. Our findings show that, if the airport expansion went ahead, the opportunities would generally outweigh the challenges. Increased freight activities and other positive spinoffs would result in the long-term. Increased freight activities and employment were the prime positive implications. Conversely, increased delays due to congestion was the main negative implication. Measures suggested to mitigate the adverse effects of the London Heathrow Airport (LHR) expansion entailed strengthening of consolidation centre efforts, freight collaboration, intelligent booking systems, use of low-carbon technologies, smart scheduling for revising the timetabling of deliveries, and greater use of rail transport for air cargo. The research highlights novel insights regarding existing freight-related issues from industry and academic experts, and further thoughts in relation to increased cargo activities stemming from the LHR expansion. View Full-Text
Keywords: logistics; freight transport; surface access; supply chain; air cargo; London Heathrow Airport expansion logistics; freight transport; surface access; supply chain; air cargo; London Heathrow Airport expansion
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Lee, R.; Shammut, M.; Allen, J.; Gao, X.; Yang, T.; Cao, M. Investigating the Implications of the London Heathrow Airport Expansion for the Landside Freight Industry. Logistics 2021, 5, 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics5030050

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Lee R, Shammut M, Allen J, Gao X, Yang T, Cao M. Investigating the Implications of the London Heathrow Airport Expansion for the Landside Freight Industry. Logistics. 2021; 5(3):50. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics5030050

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Lee, Ryan, Moayad Shammut, Julian Allen, Xing Gao, Tianren Yang, and Mengqiu Cao. 2021. "Investigating the Implications of the London Heathrow Airport Expansion for the Landside Freight Industry" Logistics 5, no. 3: 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics5030050

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