London First backs Heathrow

Members of London First have come out in favour of Heathrow expansion.

Heathrow Airport say that a survey of London First members – mainly large companies based in London – asked which airport their business would like to see expand. 59% responded in support of Heathrow, more than double those who chose Gatwick (25%).

Heathrow say this is further evidence that the expansion of Heathrow has the backing of British business. The Airport added that the Airport Comission’s analysis shows that expamding Heathrow would deliver the greatest benefits for Britain, generating up to £211bn in economic growth and up to 180,000 jobs across the country.

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport said: “London is a world city that has been at the centre of global commerce for centuries. To maintain our competitive advantage we need to expand Heathrow and connect not just London, but the whole country, to the globe’s fastest growing markets. That’s why we have huge and growing support from businesses, business groups, unions, airports and politicians across the country.

“This issue is urgent and we agree that Government needs to act swiftly after the election. The answer is clearly Heathrow. Let’s get on with it.”

89% of respondents called on Government to make a swift decision on the Airports Commission recommendation.

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