Almost eight in ten business travellers support expansion of London airports

Almost eight in ten (79 per cent) frequent business travellers believe increasing aviation capacity in London and South West airports can provide a huge boost to UK businesses, reports  

A survey of 1,010 British workers from market research specialist AudienceNet reveals just how many are of the opinion that expanding airports is either “critically” or “very” important to the growth, development and competitiveness for businesses around the UK.

Conference centres and accommodation providers are among the types of firms that benefit from business travel. A typical trip sees a delegate flying over to a different country in order to attend a specific event, going on to stay the night at a nearby hotel.

AudienceNet suggested these types of services are already in high demand, as 51 per cent of the attendees who were in companies with small or medium-sized travel requirements said they had increased their number of business trips over the last two years. Still, this figure could be boosted even further with added capacity at the likes of Heathrow and Stansted Airports.

The readings were presented at the Guild of Travel Management Companies’ (GTMC). Cited by, Guild chief executive Paul Wait commented: “The UK is a trading nation and in order to get back to healthy growth we must increase air capacity by whatever means is the quickest.”