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Gatwick makes further case for expansion

An expanded Gatwick could fast-track the UK’s tech and science revolution, the airport operator has claimed.

The UK’s second largest airport is pushing for a second runway, as part of expansion plans submitted to the Davies Commission.

Gatwick is now arguing that its position close to key technology, media, and telecommunications industries is another reason why it should be given the green light.

The airport operator said that it has strategic links to

  • Croydon, including Croydon Tech City, which it says is the UK’s second fastest growing technology cluster after Old Street;
  • Brighton, where US tech giant Dyn has recently located to;
  • Guildford, which has developed a strong gaming cluster, including video game publishers Electronic Arts and Kuju;
  • King’s Cross Central, where regeneration is spearheaded by the development of Google’s new London HQ.

Gatwick chief information officer Michael Ibbitson, who manages the airport’s own technology infrastructure, said: “Gatwick’s expansion plans not only meet Britain’s future aviation needs, they are also the best choice to support one of the UK’s major emerging industries.

“Gatwick is strategically positioned for the UK’s burgeoning science and technology industries. Through fast and direct train links to the airport, and more flights, lower fares and better connections to other European tech centres, an expanded Gatwick is the best choice to support the UK’s science and technology revolution.”

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