The Howard Committee has delivered its report on expansion of airport capacity in the Southeast. Which of its options do you favour?
As we expected, our last poll before Christmas, concerning the Howard Committee’s preliminary report on UK airport expansion, attracted a large number of respondents and a wide spread of opinion. Of over 830 resspondents, the largest group, 37 per cent, favoured the option for a new 3km runway at Heathrow. The other Heathrow option, a 3km extension to an existing runway so that planes can land and take off simultaneously, attracted only 7 per cent, while a similar number opted for a 3.5km new runway at Gatwick.
The other options were where it got imteresting: 17 per cent thought a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary — the so-called Boris Island option — was the best plan; 26 per cent thought that expansion outside London should be considered; and 7 per said thought that flying should be discouraged, and therefore there is no need for airport expansion at all.