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.
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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