New research shows business support for a 3rd runway to be less than the aviation industry claims
amongst business for expansion at Heathrow"
the aviation industry claims. That is the conclusion of new research published
today (1). The research, carried out by the campaign groups NoTRAG (No Third Runway Action
Group) and HACAN, assessed the 100 businesses who came out publicly in support
of a third runway in a national newspaper advertisement sponsored by the pro-expansion
group Future Heathrow (2).
with, the aviation industry or would stand a chance of getting work if expansion
took place. Eight of these firms have a link with the BAA Chairman, Sir Nigel
Rudd. A further 13 are trade associations. Three are trade unions. That just
leaves 31, of which twelve are legal firms, advertising agencies or finance houses.
That simply leaves 19 which may not have a financial interest in the expansion
Amey, Owned by Spanish infrastructure services company of Ferrovial, owners of BAA Balfour Beatty, the giant construction firm which has had a contract with BAA since 1999. Clifford Chance, the upmarket legal firm which is the market leader in the aircraft leasing
and financing sector.
Hilton Hotels, which own airport hotels JC Decaux, the billboard advertising firm which has a huge contract with BAA Mace, the consultancy which was the project leader on British Airway’s Waterside HQ. Pendragon whose non-executive chairman is BAA chairman Nigel Rudd
of the firms which signed the advert. It found that many of them had policies
which seemed to sit strangely with their support for Heathrow expansion (3).
deal about its business support. Our research shows that it is self-interest
not the national economic interest which drives most of the firms which have publicly
backed a 3rd runway. What is really significant is the huge number of businesses that did
not sign up to the Future Heathrow advert. The message is clear. Most businesses
do not regard a third runway as essential for economic prosperity. It add weights
to the view that the Conservatives were right to announce they would scrap plans
for a third runway."
very carefully. We suspect that many more of the organisations on the list have
connections with the aviation industry but we only included them if were sure
of our facts. The advert, which appeared in a blaze of publicity in many newspapers
last month, was packed full of firms who would make money out of a third runway.
It had little to do with the national economic interest. Politicians should not
be fooled into thinking there is a groundswell of support amongst business for
expansion at Heathrow. There is not."
is listed. Of course, their chairman is Martin Broughton, ex BA. So there is
a link there too.
15th September. There were actually 101 names on the list but that included the
lobby group which sponsored the advert Future Herathrow.