Response to Airports Commission report

Responding to the Airports Commission final report, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:

"The report is an unequivocal recommendation for Heathrow which has exposed that Gatwick would have less than half the economic benefit, insufficient transport connections especially to the north, and would fail to provide the hub airport which Britain needs.

"The Government cannot ignore the clear advantages of Heathrow and must not now funk the decision.  Choosing a sub-optimal solution at Gatwick for political reasons would be inconsistent with the aims of delivering a long-term economic plan and taking decisions in the national interest.

"Major cities around the world that have failed to develop a single hub airport have paid a big price, losing business, jobs and growth to competitors.  Britain cannot afford to make the same mistake."

 

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NOTES  

 1.    Gatwick Coordination Group - Statement upon publication of Airports Commission Final Report: http://www.blunt4reigate.com/news/gatwick-coordination-group-statement-upon-publication-airports-commission-final-report

 2.    Airports Commission Final Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/airports-commission-final-report