Skip to content

Physiotherapists also concerned about pollution at airports

The Chartered Society Of Phyisiotherpists has joined the great airports debate. They have listed the many airports in the UK where air pollution is a health risk.


The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapists has joined the great airports debate. They have listed the many airports in the UK where air pollution is a health risk.Their press release said: “CSP study shows some exceed EU limits by up to 75 per centLevels of a toxic atmospheric pollutant exceed EU limits at most airports in England, according to a new report published today by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Over two thirds (16 out of 23) of the airports included in the CSP’s study recorded dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide – a noxious gas that irritates the airways of the lungs and causes breathing difficulties.

The EU says nitrogen dioxide levels need to stay below 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air (mcg/m3) to be safe, but airports in Newcastle, Birmingham and London (Heathrow and Gatwick) exceed this recommendation by up to 75 per cent.

Readings at airports in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Sheffield, Humberside, London (City), Southampton, Exeter and Gloucester are up to 50 per cent higher than the EU target.

Respiratory physiotherapists say the consequences of being exposed to the gas can be especially severe among people with existing lung conditions, like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.”

For the full press release, including a list giving air pollution levels at many, see link below.

Press release on CSP web site

Related articles

​Heathrow air pollution research challenged by Aviation Environment Federation

Runway decision delayed following Brexit vote

Pollution from aviation emissions has significant health impacts

The Heathrow noise sweeteners that act as a smokescreen for third runway pollution

Supreme Court rules UK Government must submit new plans to cut air pollution