GATWICK DIAMOND PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES GATWICK AIRPORT APPROACH TO SECOND RUNWAY ASSESSMENT

17 October 2012

Chairman of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Paul Gresham, has welcomed the news that the Gatwick Airport owners will honour a legal agreement specifying that no runway will be built at Gatwick before 2019.

Chairman of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Paul Gresham, has welcomed the news that the Gatwick Airport owners will honour a legal agreement specifying that no runway will be built at Gatwick before 2019.  The assurance came as a new assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of a second runway at the Airport was announced this week by the owners.


The Gatwick Diamond Initiative, a public and private sector economic partnership, strongly supports the decision to consult with key stakeholders throughout the process. It will work closely with Gatwick Airport, local authorities and the business community to help ensure that the outcome benefits the Gatwick Diamond economic region, which stretches from East Grinstead to Horsham and from Epsom to Burgess Hill.


Paul Gresham commented: “The role of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative is to drive economic development in the area and the importance of Gatwick Airport’s continued success to the business community cannot be overstated.  It is only natural that the airport’s owner is in favour of a second runway, particularly against the backdrop of the Davies Commission, which has been tasked with identifying and recommending to Government options to maintain the UK’s prominent status as an international hub for aviation. Gatwick clearly offers a number of advantages due to its proximity to London and excellent location in the South East. We recognise there will be issues around airport capacity from 2020, and it is extremely important to ensure all interested parties have a voice in what will be an extremely sensitive debate.”

 
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