Gatwick Diamond Supports Airport's Case On Emissions For Copenhagen

04 November 2009

Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond, Alistair Smith, supports Gatwick Airport’s call for a global approach to reducing aviation emissions, ahead of the Copenhagen Summit.

Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond, Alistair Smith, supports Gatwick Airport’s call for a global approach to reducing aviation emissions, ahead of the Copenhagen Summit.  Mr. Smith was commenting on a hard-hitting report just issued by the Airport Operators’ Association (AOA). ‘The Contribution of Aviation to the UK Economy’ warns that a UK-only approach to managing aviation’s impact on climate change would leave Britain up to £30bn a year worse off and lead to a reduction of almost three quarters of a million jobs.

“The importance of Gatwick Airport to the local economy, which provides employment for 24,000 people on airport and a further 13,000 indirectly linked to the airport’s operation, must not be put in jeopardy,” says Alistair Smith. Reducing aviation emissions is vital, but success will only be achieved through a global, not a UK-only, approach.  A single nation commitment would make the Airport uncompetitive and hamper future sustainable growth.”

Andy Flower, Managing Director of Gatwick Airport, says: “Climate change is a concern for us and we are committed to working with our partners and other interested parties to reduce the airport’s impact on the environment while increasing the social and economic benefits it brings.  We commissioned our own independent research, examining the economic benefits of Gatwick. As well as contributing significantly to the economy of the South East, the research confirms that Gatwick contributes around £2 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to the economy – 11 per cent of the total economic contribution made by the UK aviation sector.”

 
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