Gatwick Airport’s chief executive has claimed that the Airports Commission Final Report made mistakes which calls into question its final recommendation supporting Heathrow’s expansion.
Gatwick has submitted a new summary which backs up its expansion plans to the government’s economy and industrial strategy (airports) sub-committee.
It has claimed that the Commission’s final report, published in July last year, underestimated Gatwick’s growth, with the airport saying it has reached the milestones of 42M passengers a year and flying to 50 long haul destinations years ahead of the report’s estimate.
Gatwick has also claimed that the Commission’s report did not take into account new aviation trends in terms of how far new aircraft can fly, and also took into account the economic benefits of expansion in terms of passengers who do not actually stay in the UK.
“It is appropriate that the government’s economy and industrial strategy (airports) sub-committee is taking a new look at the issue of airport expansion as so much has changed since the Airports Commission’s report was published,” said Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate.
“Today’s report sets out clearly why a new runway at Gatwick can give the government the certainty that, finally, something can happen to give the country the connectivity and economic boost it needs.
“Gatwick provides a solution to a problem that has dogged successive governments for generations. It is a solution that can be delivered quickly, at low risk and more competitively, and signals to Europe and the world that we are determined, decisive, action-oriented and open for business.
“By backing an efficient, competitive solution that keeps costs low, Britain will indeed be laying the foundations of an economy that works for everyone.”
A final decision on south east airport capacity is expected next month.