Gatwick Airport: GMB comment on Airports Commission report

The union for airport workers has commented on the Airport Commission’s recommendations for airport expansion in the South East.

Wednesday, 1st July 2015, 8:16 am
Gatwick Airport

Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Commission today (Wednesday July 1) said: an of the Commission, today (Wednesday July 1) said: “At the end of this extensive work programme our conclusions are clear and unanimous: the best answer is to expand Heathrow’s capacity through a new Northwest Runway.

“The Gatwick scheme is feasible, but the additional capacity would be more focused on short-haul intra-European routes and the economic benefits considerably smaller.”

Mick Rix, GMB National officer, said: “More capacity is needed at both Heathrow and Gatwick and both airports can benefit from further investment with operators at both committed to decent well paying jobs.”

He added: “Heathrow is currently operating at 98% capacity.

“The politicians have to grasp this issue as over 76,000 people are employed directly at Heathrow, and another 38,000 local jobs rely on it. Without a third runway Heathrow would fall into decline and in a short space of time, face closure.”

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