Business wants quick airport decision

With the Airports Commission’s Final Report due imminently, Let Britain Fly kept up the pressure on new Government for an early decision to expand airport capacity in London and the South East with a demonstration of strong support from both the business community and the public.

In an open letter to The Times more than a hundred business leaders warned the Government that if it fails to act decisively on the final recommendation of the Airports Commission, it risks Britain’s global competitiveness and future growth.

Let Britain Fly (part of London First) followed this with a poll that revealed strong public support for airport expansion which was reported in The Times and The Independent.

According to the poll by Populus which surveyed over two thousand voters, Britons supporting new runways in the South East outnumber those against expansion by a factor of 3 to 1. Voters also backed calls for the new Government to use its fresh mandate to make an early decision to expand airport capacity once the Airports Commission publishes its final recommendation, again with a ratio of 3:1 in support.

Furthermore, despite the common perception that there is widespread opposition to expansion in London, across the capital support for a new runway actually rises above the national average to a factor of almost four to one in favour, say London First.

London First said: “With both the business community and the public now strongly backing our call for airport expansion we believe the new Government should make a bold and early decision to build a new runway. Over the coming months, Let Britain Fly will continue to emphasise that with all of London’s airports forecast to be full by 2030, kicking the can down the road is no longer an option”.


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