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4 March 2013
On Monday 4 March, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published its ‘Trading Places: unlocking export opportunities through better air links to new markets’ report. Gatwick Airport responded by saying:
“Gatwick welcomes the CBI’s Aviation and Trade report as it is a healthy reminder of the important role the aviation industry plays in the overall success of the UK economy.
“We are already one of the best connected countries in the world, but we do agree with the CBI that we need more direct links with key trading routes. We are very encouraged that this report supports what we already know - that routes to emerging markets can be served effectively by point to point flights, as well as those which have some transfer passengers on. In the last year alone Gatwick has opened new direct routes to China, Turkey and Vietnam and will this year open direct links to Russia and Indonesia.
“Gatwick has a clear vision on how we can deliver the connectivity the UK needs: three competing airports – Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow – each with two runways each, with Gatwick having the next runway first. Now each airport is in private ownership, we should not lurch back to having one dominant airport restricting choice for passengers and airlines. We also need to spread the economic benefits and the environmental impacts across the South East, rather than concentrate it on one community.”
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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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