A new survey of MPs by polling company Ipsos MORI showed strong support for expansion at Heathrow, and that parliamentary backing for expansion at Heathrow would be likely, should the Davies Commission recommend it.
In the poll, 58% of MPs say Heathrow is the best option for a solution to the UKs aviation capacity issues from those left on the Airports Commission’s shortlist. 13% plumped for Gatwick, while 13%, rather surprisingly, think the best option would be to do nothing.
Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said: “More and more people are backing Heathrow as the best solution for the UK hub capacity crisis. The countries Britain needs to trade with are changing fast and only a hub airport can provide direct access to these markets.
“There is growing momentum and support for a third runway at Heathrow. This week alone, Britain’s biggest business organisation – the CBI – has come out in support of a hub airport; the Airports Commission has said that it recognises the need for a hub airport but has ruled out a new airport in the Thames Estuary; and now this poll shows MPs back a third runway at Heathrow as the best solution for the UK.”
On Monday, the CBI described the UK’s lack of hub capacity as a “ticking time bomb” and said that UK business wants action and politicians to commit to spades in the ground by the end of the next Parliament.
Of those who said Heathrow was the best option, 91% felt a third runway was “likely” to get parliamentary approval.
The sample for the study was 143 MPs drawn from a balance of political parties.