LONDON GATWICK SUBMITS RESPONSE ON NIGHT FLYING RESTRICTIONS

28 April 2013

London Gatwick has asked that its current night flight quota remains consistent for the next regime in its response to the Department for Transport’s Night Flying Restrictions Consultation.

London Gatwick has asked that its current night flight quota remains consistent for the next regime in its response to the Department for Transport’s Night Flying Restrictions Consultation.

Gatwick believes it is essential that the quota remains the same going forward as the airport strives to make the best use of the single runway capacity it has available. As well as facilitating future passenger growth, this capacity will enable Gatwick to continue to develop essential new air links for the UK to key emerging markets, particularly in the Far East. The ability of airlines to land in the UK within the current quota can be critical to the commercial viability of the route.

Night flights are also crucial for the local and national economy, supporting tourism to the UK and enabling business travel. Today, use of Gatwick’s night flight quota can be attributed to around £41 million of the airport’s Gross Value Add (GVA) to the economy of London and the South East. Over 2,000 of the jobs generated by Gatwick are directly linked to night time operations at the airport. Any decrease in the night flight quota could impact on these substantial economic benefits, as well as restrict future opportunities.

Read Gatwick's full response here.

 
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