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Support for increased airport capacity grows

Support for increased airport capacity grows
18 Sep 2014

A greater number of people around the UK are now getting on board with the idea of increasing the capacity of the country's airports according to ABTA. Its survey comes at a time when the main political parties are starting to talk about the issue in the run up to next May's general election. 

ABTA said that the Liberal Democrats are expected to be against the idea of new runways that would increase airport capacity nationwide, but the survey showed that the sentiment may well be very different among voters. 

The survey showed that only 16 per cent of people disagree with the sentiment that the UK needs more airport capacity, while the volume of people who agree with the statement is on the rise. 

Indeed, 41 per cent said that the UK's airports need additional capacity, which is a marked increase from the 36 per cent who said the same just a year ago, according to ABTA.

Crucially, more than two-thirds of people believe that not increasing capacity at airports could potentially be damaging to the country's economy in the long run. Only 18 per cent of people said they disagreed with this statement. 

In terms of where the funding to increase capacity should come from, 42 per cent of people are of the opinion that the government should be supporting measures, which means the new government is likely to face increasing pressures.

This new survey comes at a time when London's Heathrow Airport is set to become only the second busiest in the world, behind Dubai International, which is going to take the crown from the British facility. 

ABTA’s head of public affairs, Stephen D’Alfonso said: “Reducing APD and increasing airport capacity are two key policies that would enhance UK competitiveness, which in turn will deliver jobs and economic growth. As the three main parties draft their respective manifestos in search of precisely this – jobs and growth – ABTA will be reminding politicians that not only will these long-standing industry calls deliver, but that these changes broadly carry the support of millions of voters who will make their way to the polls in a little under eight months’ time.”ADNFCR-408-ID-801749392-ADNFCR

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