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1 May 2013
On Wednesday 1 May, the London Assembly published its 'Airport Capacity in London' report. London Gatwick Airport responded by saying:
“We welcome London Assembly’s assessment. There is capacity for more flights at all of London’s airports right now. London is also better connected to the 23 fastest growing economies than our EU Competitors. Gatwick is already adding to this- with new routes to China, Vietnam and Indonesia since independence from Heathrow.
“We agree that expanding Heathrow is not an option, and a new airport faces huge challenges. London does not need a mega-hub airport. Our vision of a competitive network of airports, each with two runways, can deliver for both the economy and the passenger."
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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 more than 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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