Increase? What increase in support of a 3rd runway?

Press Release

5/5/14 for immediate use

Figures unearthed by campaign group HACAN caste doubt on the claims by Heathrow Airport that support for a third runway is growing amongst local residents.  Last week Heathrow claimed that there was more support now for a third runway than when it was proposed by the last Labour Government.  It cited a recent opinion poll of more than 1,000 local residents carried by Populus which showed 48% are in favour of a third runway while 34% oppose it (1). 

However, HACAN dug out a similar Populus poll carried out in 2007 which revealed very similar results:  50% of people supported a 3rd runway and 30% were against (2).

HACAN Chair John Stewart said, “Heathrow Airport must be concerned that after more than a year of concerted, expensive and high-profile campaigning support for a third runway is little different than it was at the height of the protest six or seven years ago.  There has been no UKIP-style surge in support for a 3rd runway.”

Populus have carried out three polls on behalf of Heathrow Airport over the last year.  All are showing that about a third of residents consistently refuse to back expansion at Heathrow (3).

Referenda and surveys that were carried out last year by Hillingdon, Richmond and Hounslow showed even less support for expansion.  Around 72% of residents opposed a 3rd runway (4).




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For more information:  John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650