The only board I get involved with is a cheeseboard!
From Heathrow only major destination direct is Paddington, whereas many more major towns direct from Gatwick. Perhaps planning of airport growth really needs to be based around massive improvement at either location of public transport, not car users which undermines efficiency of the local area of either option. It is on that basis that Gatwick already does much better than LHR with more improvements to come (not to say that LHR won’t see rail improvements soon with Crossrail and new spur offering connections direct to Reading envisaged). My opinion on airport growth is that both LHR and LGW should have another runway each.
But in the end I trust the politicians to make the right decision on this, I mean that is why we elect them, to make difficult decisions, see the whole picture and not be influenced by NIMBYISM……..