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Heathrow says survey finds MP's backs its expansion

Heathrow says a new survey of MPs by independent polling company Ipsos MORI explodes the myth that its expansion is politically undeliverable.

The poll it explains shows 91% of those MPs who back a third runway at the London gateway, think it would get parliamentary approval.

The world’s third busiest hub, also says the poll shows a third runway at Heathrow is the overwhelming choice of MPs from the options left on the Airports Commission’s shortlist.

And 58% of MPs think that a third runway at Heathrow is the best option for solving the issue of hub airport capacity, compared to 13% for a second runway at Gatwick, while13% think the best option would be to do nothing.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, explains: “More and more people are backing Heathrow as the best solution for the UK hub capacity crisis. The countries Britain needs to trade with are changing fast and only a hub airport can provide direct access to these markets.

“There is growing momentum and support for a third runway at Heathrow. This week alone, Britain’s biggest business organisation – the CBI – has come out in support of a hub airport.

“The Airports Commission has said that it recognises the need for a hub airport, but has ruled out a new airport in the Thames Estuary, and now this poll shows MPs back a third runway at Heathrow as the best solution for the UK.”

On Monday, the CBI described the UK’s lack of hub capacity as a “ticking time bomb” and said that UK business wants action and politicians to commit to spades in the ground by the end of the next Parliament.

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