London First campaigns tirelessly for greater airport capacity for London and the South East, including initiating the Let Britain Fly campaign — a 30-strong national coalition which achievedcampaign success, with government approving a new Heathrow runway.
London’s airports are the front door to the UK. Tourists and investors arrive from around the world, while British exports and holidaymakers head oversees. The Airports Commission estimated that the Aviation Sector generates more than £12 billion of economic output annually for the UK economy and provides 116,000 jobs. Goods carried through UK airports exceed £140 billion per year, and inbound tourism spending is more than £23bn.
But the system is bursting at the seams. Our airports are increasingly full; our airspace is congested; and passengers are demanding easier journeys to and from their planes. The new runway at Heathrow is essential for the UK’s future success as a global hub for trade, talent, and tourism but it will take a number of years to deliver.
In the meantime, it is vital that we make best use of the capacity we already have. That means:
Deploying technology and other innovations at our borders, keeping them safe and secure while offering a frictionless experience to valued visitors.
Supporting capacity and connectivity investments planned at all of London’s airports, including City Airport’s masterplan, the Luton DART, Stansted Transformation Project, Biggin Hill as a high technology hub, and Gatwick bringing its standby runway into regular use.