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IoD submission on Airports Commission consultation on new south-east runway options

21 Feb 2015
British airport runway

The IoD's submission on the Airports Commission consultation on options for a new runway in south-east England.

In preparation to submit a response to this consultation, the Institute of Directors surveyed its members on the subject in November 2014, receiving 1,119 completed individual surveys.

66% of the respondents were small or micro business, with fewer than 50 employees, and a further 18% were medium sized businesses, with 50 and 250 employees. 17% were respondents from large businesses. 44% of respondents were based in London or the South East, with the rest spread across the UK.

The full results of the survey are included below, but to directly respond to the main question of the consultation, when asked where expansion should take place, a clear majority of IoD members (61%) supported Heathrow over Gatwick (39%). This preference reflects the airports IoD members use for business, 63% having travelled through Heathrow in the last year, compared to 38% who used Gatwick.

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