Heathrow Airport expansion supporters took to Downing Street to deliver a message to 'Captain Cameron', urging the Prime Minister to approve a third runway soon.
A crowd from pro-expansion group, Back Heathrow, launched their new Captain Cameron campaign in Westminster , on Wednesday (April 13) delivering a letter to David Cameron on behalf of 100,000 local residents, they say support expansion.
Special guest ‘Captain Cameron’, in full pilot uniform, and residents living near the airport gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to call on ‘Captain’ David Cameron and ‘First Officer’ George Osborne to "land Heathrow expansion and watch the UK take off".
The campaigners then walked up to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister written on behalf of the 100,000 local residents Back Heathrow say want to see a bigger and better Heathrow.
Rob Gray, Back Heathrow campaign director, said: “This is a final call for Captain Cameron.
“The Prime Minister now needs to show real leadership to land Heathrow expansion.
“A new runway at the UK’s only hub airport can be approved with confidence because it is backed by most local residents living near the airport, businesses, exporters, airlines, trade unions, regional airports and a majority of MPs.
“It’s been a long-haul but there must be no more delays.”
Traffic figures recently published by Airports Council International (ACI) showed that Heathrow Airport dropped three places to sixth position in the list of the world’s busiest airports.
'Vitally important to residents who want certainty'
The letter, signed by Back Heathrow campaign director Rob Gray, urges the Prime Minister to end the uncertainty surrounding airport expansion and give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow.
It reads: “Whilst we understand that you will be preoccupied with the EU referendum over the next few weeks, it is vitally important to residents in west London who want certainty over Heathrow expansion, that you make a decision as soon as possible.”
It refers to the £211bn economic benefits and 180,000 jobs up and down the country which would come with Heathrow expansion.
The letter also asks why the Prime Minister would risk huge protests in an unspoilt area of rural England by backing expansion at Gatwick, an option for which there is little support.
The letter continues: “All of this shows that when it comes to airport expansion in the south-east, there is only one possible location for a new runway.
“As the chair of your National Infrastructure Commission put it: Heathrow expansion is “the only show in town”.
“The public are also strongly supportive as demonstrated by more than 82% of the 70,591 responses to the Airports Commission’s public consultation saying ‘yes’ to Heathrow expansion.”
John McDonnell is inviting residents to upcoming meetings, to hear about the 'disastrous' effects a third runway could have on those living in his constituency.