Wealden MP welcomes Airport Commissions recommendation

Nus Ghani MP has welcomed the Airports Commission’s endorsement of Heathrow as the location for the UK’s new runway.

The independent Airports Commission, under the chairmanship of Sir Howard Davies, was set up in late 2012 to investigate how best to deliver airport expansion in South East England.

This morning the Commission published its final report.  They have concluded that the best answer is to expand Heathrow’s runway capacity:

A new Northwest Runway at Heathrow delivers more substantial economic and strategic benefits than any of the other shortlisted options, strengthening connectivity for passengers and freight users and boosting the productivity of the UK economy.  It strikes a fair balance between national and local priorities.

They said Gatwick has presented a plausible case for expansion.  It is well placed to cater for growth in intra-European leisure flying, but is unlikely to provide as much of the type of capacity which is most urgently required: long‑haul destinations in new markets.

Following the news, Nus said:

I now call upon the Prime Minister to swiftly accept the Commission’s recommendation, to end any further uncertainty, and to get on with providing the airport capacity Britain needs to compete for trade and investment and to remain an important aviation hub in the twenty-first century.

Nus Ghani is a member of the Gatwick Coordination Group, a group of MPs against a new Gatwick runway.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said:

Gatwick is still very much in the race.  The Commission’s report makes clear that expansion at Gatwick is deliverable. 

It is for the Commission to make a recommendation but it is of course for the Government to decide.  So we now enter the most important stage of the process.

We are confident that when the Government makes that decision they will choose Gatwick as the only deliverable option.  For instance, this report highlights the very significant environmental challenges at Heathrow such as air quality and noise impact. 

Gatwick will give the country the economic benefits it needs and at the same time impact far less people. It is quicker simpler and quieter.  Above all – after decades of delay – it can actually happen.

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