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28 February 2013
Gatwick Airport announced today that it has formally submitted its expression of intent to put forward short, medium and long-term proposals to address the UK’s capacity challenge to the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies. This is in accordance with the requirements set out by the Commission in its Guidance documents published earlier this year.
Gatwick will, in due course, put forward an innovative, affordable, deliverable and sustainable set of options for the Airports Commission to look at. Our vision is for the incremental development of a competitive and successful network of three major London airports each with, in time, two runways. We believe a second runway at Gatwick should come first and will provide the air connections the UK needs for a generation.
A competing network of airports will deliver more for those that matter most in this debate – the passengers. The three major competing airports – Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted - will deliver continuously improving service levels, better facilities, more reliability and resilience, greater choice and lower costs. It will also produce the direct connections the UK economy demands.
Work to evaluate the runway options at Gatwick is now underway and we are committed to undertaking a comprehensive and in-depth assessment that considers not only the economic benefits but also the environmental impacts. We will be consulting with our key stakeholders throughout the process and submitting evidence in accordance with the timetable set out by the Airports Commission.
Click here to view Gatwick Airports’ letter to the Airports Commission.ENDS
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About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 38 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com
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