Public health impact of large airports

Rev Environ Health. 2000 Jan-Jun;15(1-2):83-96. doi: 10.1515/reveh.2000.15.1-2.83.


Large airports with the related infrastructure, businesses and industrial activities affect the health of the population living, travelling and working in the surroundings of or at the airport. The employment and contributions to economy from the airport and related operations are expected to have a beneficial effect, which, however, is difficult to quantify. More pertinent data are available on the, largely negative, health effects of environmental factors, such as air and soil pollution, noise, accident risk, and landscape changes. Information on the concurrent and cumulative impact of these factors is lacking, but is of primary relevance for public health policy. A committee of the Health Council of The Netherlands recently reviewed the data on the health impact of large airports. It was concluded that, generally, integrated health assessments are not available. Such assessments, as part of sustainable mobility policy, should accompany the further development of the global aviation system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aviation*
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Environment*
  • Environmental Health*
  • Environmental Pollution / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Safety