9 pressure groups you should follow for the latest on the UK air capacity debate

With debate surrounding UK airport capacity hotting up numerous groups continue to lobby the public and big business. The Airports Commission has now closed its consultation, and will announce its recommendations after the General Election, but pressure groups are still playing a vital role in the debate. Here we round up nine of the most important groups.

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Heathrow Hub@heathrowhub

What they say – “Heathrow Hub is the smart and independent solution to UK airport expansion, one of three options shortlisted by the Airports Commission. Our cost-effective proposal is the product of years of experience. Bringing a wealth of knowledge in commercial, aeronautical, environmental and ground transport issues, our four Directors understand every aspect of the airport expansion debate.”

Plane Stupid@planestupid

What they say – “Plane Stupid is a network of grassroots groups that take non violent direct action against aviation expansion.

We have three demands: End to short haul flights and airport expansion, stop aviation advertising, a just transition to sustainable jobs and transport .”

Let Britain Fly@letbritainfly

What they say – “Let Britain Fly is the campaign to expand airport capacity in London and the South East to support jobs and growth.

The need is urgent: Heathrow is full and Gatwick and Stansted soon will be.

We believe Britain remaining Europe’s most important aviation hub is of strategic national importance. If politicians fail to act soon to expand airport capacity our economy will lose its competitive edge.

So our aim is to build cross-party political support to build new runways.”

Gatwick Obviously@LGWobviously

What they say – “A new runway at Gatwick could be ready by 2025, allowing the economic benefits of a better connected Britain to be felt by everyone, faster. With a fraction of the environmental impact of a new runway at Heathrow, it’s an obvious choice.”

Gatwick Obviously Not@LGWobviouslynot

What they say – “Our single aim is to restore some tranquillity to our skies.

Gatwick Obviously Not was formed in the Summer of 2014 as a result of the aural bombardment caused, we now know, by the concentration and move Eastwards of the Westerly flight paths to Gatwick.”

Runways UK@runwaysuk

What they say – “Runways UK is a neutral and independent platform for debate on the future of the UK’s aviation infrastructure, particularly the core topics of aviation capacity and resilience. Runways 2015 takes place in July, shortly after the anticipated release of the Sir Howard Davies Airports Commission Final Report. Our core pillars are: economy, environment, social impact, operational viability, and commercial viability.”

Airport Watch@airportwatch

What they say –  “We are an umbrella movement uniting the national environmental organisations, airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion, and its damaging environmental effects, including climate change and noise.

AirportWatch aims to oppose any expansion of aviation and airports likely to damage the human or natural environment, and to promote an aviation policy for the UK which is in full accordance with the principles of sustainable development.”

Transition Heathrow@transheathrow

What they say – “Transition Heathrow is a grassroots action group working to build resilient Heathrow communities, capable of collectively coping with the injustices and threats of the economic, ecological and democratic crises.”

Back Heathrow@backheathrow

What they say – “Back Heathrow is a group of residents, businesses and community groups who have come together to campaign for a secure future for Heathrow Airport and defend the 100,000+ jobs that depend on it. We now have more than 80,000 supporters signed up to the campaign.”

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