Gatwick’s case for expansion

Gatwick Airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, has reiterated Gatwick’s case for expansion.

Speaking at the Aviation Club in London last week, Mr Wingate said that Gatwick provides “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to solve the issue of airport capacity”, and claimed that Heathrow’s plan would blight the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and reinforce a high-cost monopoly at the expense of passengers.

In his speech, Mr Wingate said that the aviation industry had changed significantly in the past 10 years, and while Gatwick and other airports had adapted to those changes, Heathrow had not.

He said that Gatwick, since it’s purchase from BAA in 2009,  “we have transformed Gatwick from Heathrow’s neglected cousin, into a world-class airport.”

A second runway at Gatwick would deliver all the connectivity and economic benefits the UK needs, at a fraction of the environmental cost.

The enhanced competition that a second runway would bring would spread the benefits throughout the regions and nations of the UK. It would serve all airline models and future-proof the UK’s aviation industry

Gatwick he claimed “can actually deliver the new runway the industry so desperately needs”.

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