November 2022, Virtual
21 November 2022, Hilton London Metropole
As the decision on airport expansion in the south east edges closer to a conclusion, Gatwick has emerged as the preferred option for Londoners according to a new poll.
The West Sussex airport has an 11-point lead over Heathrow in the debate on where to build the UK's next runway.
YouGov has been polling Londoners on which airport they would prefer for the past seven months and Gatwick has come out top in six of those.
Across all the polls, Londoners have said that economic benefits and the negative impact on local residents (noise and pollution) are the two most important factors in the runway debate.
Gatwick said these "consistent results" demonstrate how the decision must "carefully balance economic benefits with the environmental impact a new runway would have".
The cost to taxpayer was another consistent concern of Londoners across all seven polls.
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate sais the UK can no longer "bulldoze" its way to growth ignore the views of around one million residents.
"We all want the economy to expand but today more than ever we have to balance growth with the impact it has on the environment," he said.
All figures compiled by YouGov and were taken from seven surveys conducted in London between 17th October 2014 and 23nd April 2015. Sample sizes for each poll ranged between 1025 and 1061 respondents.