Gatwick Airport Update
Gatwick contributes around £2 billion to the South East’s economy every year. It enables businesses to prosper, tourism to flourish, and 23,500 people to say they are proud to work at Gatwick Airport, over 700 of them from Crawley.
The airport has invested £1.2 billion between 2008 and 2014 and has committed to invest a further £1 billion going forward. The extensive social and economic benefits this investment brings must be balanced with a sustainable airport operation. From an environmental perspective, the airport is realising the benefits of this investment programme and has reduced overall carbon emissions by 28,052 tonnes since 2009 – the equivalent of more than 50 fully-laden Airbus A380s – and is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2040.
Also contributing to the environment will soon be a hugely improved rail service that will mean significantly more people will be able to access the airport by train, more often and in much greater comfort. These transformational improvements will see rail capacity double by 2020, and nearly triple by 2035. This will be achieved by new, longer trains and through other infrastructure improvements including a redeveloped station at Gatwick.
The improved public transport access will happen regardless of whether Gatwick is given the green light to build a new runway. Gatwick’s vision of a two runway Gatwick would mean London had two world class airports helping to connect London and the South East to the rest of the world.
Two world class airports competing vigorously will deliver better service and cheaper fares for passengers. Liberalisation has been at the heart of the UK’s aviation success in recent years and the UK now has the opportunity to plan for the next chapter in this success story.
Building a new runway at Gatwick would deliver more choice, lower fares, and the economic growth the UK needs at an environmental cost it can afford.
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