UPDATE: Gatwick Diamond Initiative welcomes approach to second runway at Gatwick Airport

JPCT 17-10-12 S12421061X Gatwick. Jet. -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 17-10-12 S12421061X Gatwick. Jet. -photo by steve cobb
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One of the area’s economic partnerships has welcomed the owner of Gatwick Airport’s approach to plans for a second runway today (Wednesday October 17).

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 today by the owners.

It says 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.

Mr Gresham said: “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 important to ensure all interested parties have a voice in what will be an extremely sensitive debate.”

For the full story on today’s announcement see tomorrow’s County Times.