Expanding regional uk airports is the answer, according to tourism society survey

Wednesday January 16, 2013

A survey conducted by The Tourism Society amongst its 1000 plus members has revealed that a bigger Heathrow and ‘Boris Island’ are not the only two plans to consider when it comes to addressing aviation capacity.

The survey indicated that 49% of Tourism Society members felt that expanding the regional airports would be the best solution to the UK's need for increased airport capacity.

A new Thames estuary airport was second choice with 27.8% choosing it as their preference, while a third runway at Heathrow only managed third place with 22.9% in support.

The survey also included questions on hotel, attractions and airline performance in 2013, and asked Tourism Society members what they thought the pattern would be for domestic holidays and short breaks.

Tourism Society Chairman, David Curtis-Brignell said: “The results of our annual survey have revealed some very interesting views expressed by our members and it will be fascinating to see how these predictions stand up as the year progresses. The number of members who have chosen regional airport expansion over the more widely discussed Heathrow expansion or Thames estuary proposals shows that there is still a long way to go before the aviation capacity question is resolved to the satisfaction of the industry.”

The results were be shared during the Tourism Society’s Prospects for 2013, a panel discussion highlighting trends and forecasts for 2013. The event, held in London, featured panellists from VisitBritain, TRI Hospitality Consulting, umiDigital, ALVA and ABTA.