New survey: London businesses rate airport expansion the least important measure to assist the capital’s economy

Press Release

 29/10/15 for immediate use

 Londoners rate new airport capacity as he least important measure required to ensure London remains competitive with other global cities, according to a survey released today by the London Chamber of Commerce (1).  The survey, undertaken by ComRes for London Tomorrow, a group set up in part by the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, found affordable housing topped most people’s list.

Com Res surveyed businesses, councillors and the public.  Only 3% of the public put new airport capacity at the top of their list and just 2% of businesses and 1% of councillors did so.

John Stewart, the chair of HACAN, which campaigns against a third runway at Heathrow, said, “These figures are very revealing.  Across the board Londoners do not think airport matters to the future of the capital.  The figures suggest that the polls which Heathrow Airport has carried out  in a limited number of areas close to the airport significantly overstate the support there is for a third runway amongst Londoners as a whole.


 Notes for Editors:

 (1). The full poll can be found at

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641; 07957385650