On a visit to Gatwick, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, underlined his support for the construction of a second runway at the airport.
The Mayor visited Gatwick to hail the airport’s decision to boost its investment in the airport by an additional £200 million Capital Investment Programme. In addition, he called on the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to support the capital’s economy by making a final decision on airport expansion in the South East a top priority, and he urged that decision to be in favour of Gatwick.
Gatwick Airport says the £200 million increase in investment: “will be spent transforming, revitalising and improving the existing airport – and will bring the total investment over the coming five years to £1.2 billion.”
Some of the newly announced projects identified in the new Capital Investment Programme (2016 to 2021) include the expansion of both the North Terminal and South Terminal departure lounges and immigration halls, the upgrading of shopping facilities, the provision of additional aircraft parking stands and the optimisation of taxiways
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Gatwick is the front door to London for millions of visitors to our city and I salute their decision to spend another £200m on improvements to the airport. They have put together a formidable plan that is a fantastic display of their confidence in London.
“The new Prime Minister has a very important decision to make regarding new airport capacity, and I urge her to rule as swiftly as possible in favour of a second runway at Gatwick, which would bring substantial economic benefits.”
The Government-appointed Airports Commission which was set up to study the most effective way to enhance runway capacity for the south east of England published its findings in favour of Heathrow last summer.
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