Keeping our capital working for the UK


“London First have been very assiduous in addressing the issue of airport capacity on behalf of the business community…it’s certainly going to be an important input into our continuing work on this subject”

Sir Howard Davies
Chair, The Airports Commission

London First has campaigned tirelessly for airport capacity expansion in the south east for many years, initiating the Let Britain Fly campaign in 2013. Since the government’s decision to proceed with a new runway at Heathrow, the Let Britain Fly team has handed over to London First’s policy team to keep an active eye on developments.

Our aim is now to ensure that business voices are heard throughout the consultation period for the draft National Policy Statement and beyond. We will also be urging government to make best use of existing airports in the meantime, particularly through improving rail links.

International air links are vital to London’s world city status

Access to high quality international air travel is vital for business in the capital. International links have always been one of London’s greatest assets and adequate airport runway capacity is critical to the competitive position of London in a global economy. However, current capacity is insufficient to meet forecast demand.

Business leaders believe that demand in London for flights will continue to grow over the next decade, at or near historic rates. If London is to remain globally competitive, new runway capacity in London and the South East is required to provide a growing range and direct long-haul flights to business centres and growing economy cities.

London First has campaigned for increased aviation capacity for London that addresses business needs and environmental concerns. We continue to make the case that all options should be considered based on their merits.

Download ‘Flight Path to Growth: The case for increasing London’s air capacity’

Reform of airport regulation – putting the passenger first

We campaigned for a fundamental reform of regulation to put the passenger first. We were pleased that the Government announced its intention to adopt proposals to overhaul the regulatory regime, and committed as part of its consultation to give the regulator a new primary duty to further the interests of passengers. The Government introduced the Civil Aviation Bill to Parliament on 19 January 2012.

London First sat on the Government’s South East Airport Taskforce, chaired by Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers, to examine how to improve the passenger experience within current capacity constraints at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Read more

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