Most Londoners think London has enough airport capacity already – and no runway is needed
An opinion poll has shown that the vast majority of Londoners think London already has an adequate level of airport capacity for a major global city, new opinion research has found. A poll by ComRes was commissioned by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, found that only 24% of people living in London believe the capital’s airport capacity is inadequate, while 63% say it meets or exceeded their expectations. But the Airports Commission is expected to recommend another runway. The new polling research found that all age groups, social classes, genders, and regions of London believe that runway capacity was in line with their expectations. In a parallel survey, most London businesses also believe that airport capacity met their expectations, albeit by a smaller margin of 52% to 37%. Londoners polled were far more concerned about the availability of housing, with 70% of residents and 74% per cent of bosses saying it was important. Local transport infrastructure was also a far greater concern than airport capacity. London has the largest airport system of any city in the world, with passenger traffic outstripping New York and Tokyo by millions every year. Around 11% of flights abroad are accounted for by business travel.
Most Londoners think the capital has enough airport capacity already
A Government-backed commission is set to recommend an increase in capacity, however
By JON STONE (Independent)
26 June 2015