Despite recommendation Gatwick still ahead in the popularity stakes

Wednesday 1 July 2015

As a decision about airport expansion has now been handed over to government, with Heathrow as the preferred option; Saga reveals a Nationally representative survey of over 50s shows that opinion is very much divided, but Gatwick remains marginally ahead in the popularity stakes.

Despite recommendation Gatwick still ahead in the popularity stakes

In fact, it's latest research shows that when asked to rate the three expansion options left on the table (expansion at Gatwick, An extension of Heathrow Airports existing North Runway or a third North West runway at Heathrow) support was greatest for expansion at Gatwick airport with 38% of over 50s supporting this option versus 25% and 24% supporting the two Heathrow options respectively (31% net support for Heathrow).

Saga Travel's Lisa Harris said;

"Our latest research shows that even amongst those over 50, who now account for the majority of spending on travel and tourism, opinion is still very much divided. Whilst Gatwick was the preferred option compared to the two remaining options at Heathrow, one in five had no strong feelings about either option.

" Whilst picking Heathrow or Gatwick may be as difficult as the judgement of Solomon - what is easier to fathom is that Britain needs more airport capacity if we going to meet the demand from people wanting to fly to, from and via the UK. It's for this reason that we need a speedy, but considered decision."

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Notes to editors

Populus interviewed 1037 UK adults aged 50 and over, online between 10th and 12th April 2015.  Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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