This week saw the launch of the Let Britain Fly Pledge, which aims to engage the wider public on the issue of airport capacity expansion and give the “silent majority” a voice in the debate around airports expansion.
A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics found that 59% of the British public support the construction of new runways. The Pledge aims to mobilise the support of this ‘silent majority’ who all too often do not have their voices heard in the airports debate.
It aims to put pressure on the leaders of the UK’s political parties, calling on them to make a public pledge to build more runway capacity and commit to this in their 2015 election manifestos, and ensure a Parliamentary vote on airports expansion in 2016 at the latest.
The Let Britain Fly Pledge was launched with the backing of London First, and the heads of some of the UK’s top companies including Harrods, Kesslers International, Linklaters, Mace and SEGRO.
The Pledge is available to sign and share on the campaign’s website. Over the coming year, Let Britain Fly aims to engage with hundreds of thousands of people on this topic, and demonstrate to politicians the strength of support for maintaining and increasing the UK’s international connectivity and competitiveness.
Let Britain Fly believes the Airports Commission process is the best way to examine the need for additional airport capacity in London and the South East. However, there is still a very pressing need to win political consensus on the Commission’s own verdict that one net additional runway will be required in the region before 2030.
Let Britain Fly’s priority is to create cross-party political consensus on the need for expansion, and to not commit to any one solution. They simply want to see expansion, along with most in the business community.