In Heathrow’s first poll of MPs since the EU Referendum, 76% of Parliamentarians say that an expanded Heathrow is important to keep Britain connected to the world post-Brexit.
Heathrow Airport say this demonstrates continued cross-party majority support for an expanded Heathrow.
74% of MPs say that expanding Heathrow would be the primary way of demonstrating that the UK is open for business and ready to be a leading trading nation even if outside the EU, compared to only 12% who think the same of an expanded Gatwick.
The new polling also says that a third runway at Heathrow is the only major infrastructure project which a majority of MPs rank as the first priority for the UK economy.
As the Government prepares to take a much-delayed decision on airport expansion following the Airports Commission’s recommendation for an expanded Heathrow in 2015, Heathrow say the polling underscores the overwhelming cross-party support amongst MPs for a third runway at Heathrow to help Britain stay connected to the world post-Brexit.
Responding to the new polling, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “The Government is committed to delivering a positive Brexit plan and MPs couldn’t be clearer – an expanded Heathrow is fundamental to Britain’s future as an outward-looking trading nation.
“A third runway at Heathrow will open up 40 new markets for Britain’s exporters, spur inbound tourism to every corner of our country and create up to 180,000 new skilled jobs.
“By expanding Heathrow, the Prime Minister will make the right choice for a stronger British economy.”