Airports spend £3m marketing runway expansion to London commuters

10 June 2015

Heathrow and Gatwick airports have spent £1.7m and £1.6m respectively on their runway expansion advertising campaigns across the London transport network. This information was received in written answers received by London Assembly Member Darren Johnson to questions submitted to the Mayor of London.

Darren Johnson said:

“I’m not surprised that Heathrow and Gatwick Airports have spent millions on ads on buses, tubes and trains. The grim reality of aviation expansion will be more noise, pollution and traffic hell for Londoners. As well as the acceleration of climate change which is the biggest threat to our economy. You need a big budget to paper over those huge cracks in your argument.”

“The best option for London would be no further expansion, a view with the facts rather than a multi-million pound budget on its side.”

Editors Notes

Darren Johnson’s written question submitted at 21 May 2015 Mayors Question Time. Answers received 27 May.

Heathrow expansion - advertising

Question No: 2015/1501

Darren Johnson

How much has the Heathrow Airport expansion campaign spent advertising on the tube system or other parts of the TfL network?

Written response from the Mayor

In total, this campaign has spent £1.7m on advertising across the TfL network (from the start of 2012 until April 2015).

Gatwick expansion - advertising

Question No: 2015/1502

Darren Johnson

How much has the Gatwick Airport second runway campaign spent advertising on the tube system or other parts of the TfL network?

Written response from the Mayor

In total, this campaign has spent £1.6m on advertising across the TfL network (from the start of 2014 until April 2015).