Almost half of residents living near airports support expansion

Some 47 per cent of people living near airports would support an expansion of the facility should one be proposed, a new government study reveals.

This means that over the past four years, neighbourly support for airport expansion has risen. In 2010, only 41 per cent of residents would have been happy for an airport expansion to go ahead. The survey covered people living near Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted, reports

More than half (55 per cent) of people think that additional runways and terminals should be constructed to boost the economy – only 44 per cent said the same four years back.

Just four years ago, 61 per cent of people believed that airport expansion should be kept to a minimum in order to protect the nearby environment – this percentage has since declined to 46 per cent. Moreover, only 42 per cent of people now say that expansion should be limited so that it doesn’t have a big impact on climate change, whereas four years ago 57 per cent believed this.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, says that there is growing support for airport expansion. He was quoted by as saying: “More people understand the benefits of a third runway to local communities including the creation of 50,000 more jobs, improved public transports and thriving local businesses.”