British Public Throw Their Weight Behind Building New Runways In New Survey Commissioned By Government
A new public attitudes survey recently published by the Department for Transport and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (but not yet reported in the national media), has found that 57 per cent of the British public (up from 47 per cent in 2010) agree with the view that ‘in order to boost the economy, new terminals and runways should be built’; whilst only 17 per cent disagreed.
Furthermore 59 per cent agreed that “…people should be able to travel by plane as much as they want to, even if new terminals/runways need to be built”. This is up from 49 per cent in 2010.
Commenting on the Office for National Statistics’ Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Gavin Hayes, Director, Let Britain Fly, said:
“While our politicians procrastinate on the issue of airports expansion, the British public increasingly agrees that Britain needs new runways to boost the economy and secure future jobs and growth – indeed this survey shows how strongly attitudes have shifted in support of airports expansion over the last four years. So if voters get it why don’t our politicians?
We believe it’s now time for our political leaders to listen to the public they represent and gave a clear public commitment to build new runways – it’s a no-brainer.”