Polling shows British public uniting behind Heathrow expansion

New polling has shown the British public recognise that following Brexit a third runway at Heathrow will help Britain compete in the global economy. The new polling comes a week after Heathrow expansion reached its first delivery milestone with the Government publishing the draft National Policy Statement.


  • New ComRes polling finds more than two thirds of the public think building a third runway at Heathrow demonstrates that Britain remains ‘open for business’ after Brexit
  • Strong majorities also believe the new runway will open up new trading opportunities and enable UK businesses to export more goods and services around the globe
  • The results come a week after the Government publishes the National Policy Statement on Heathrow expansion, kick starting the planning process
  • The new polling follows support from MPs with 74% backing expansion in a recent poll

The new polling conducted by ComRes saw majorities of respondents agreeing that the runway will help demonstrate that the country remains open for business and/or help prepare Britain for its new role in the world.

69% of those polled agreed with the statement “as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, building the additional runway at Heathrow helps demonstrate that Britain remains open for business” with only 14% of respondents in disagreement. While 64% agreed that “Building an additional runway at Heathrow will help British businesses expand to new trading routes across the globe.”

Latest polling follows trend of increasing support for the project

The British public join MPs, business, trade unions and the local community in demonstrating their support for expansion since the Government announced its backing last October.

The public consultation now underway on the National Policy Statement provides a further opportunity for the public to have their say.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “An expanded Heathrow will create new routes and trade destinations to deliver the Prime Minister’s vision of a global Britain.”

“The launch of the Government’s National Policy Statement consultation is a key milestone in our plans, and we look forward to working with our local communities, airlines and the Government to ensure Heathrow expansion is affordable, sustainable and benefits all of Britain.”

Want to show your support for Heathrow expansion in just 2 minutes?

The first milestone for Heathrow expansion delivery has been reached with the UK Government’s draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) now being consulted on. This is your chance to let your voice be heard on Heathrow expansion and the UK’s future.

We’ve created an easy online tool for you to show your support for a new Heathrow North-West runway in just 2 minutes by sending a consultation response to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Full details on the Government’s consultation, the draft NPS, where to direct queries to about the consultation, and other ways to submit a response can be found here.

Click here to use the Heathrow response tool

How was the polling conducted?

ComRes interviewed 2,003 British adults online between the 3rd and 5th February 2017. Data were weighted by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. Polling commissioned by Heathrow.

ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules ( Data tables are available on the ComRes website,

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