Heathrow or Gatwick: “In the end of the day, it will come down to political deliverability”

Press Release

 11/11/14 for immediate use

 Airports Commission:  Third Runway will cost up to £4 billion more than Heathrow Airport estimates

The public consultation document issued by the Airports Commission this morning argues that a third runway at Heathrow will cost up to £4 billion more than the Airport has estimated.  A second runway at Gatwick would also be more expensive that its promoters claim but would cause far fewer noise problems than Heathrow’s third runway.  Expansion at Heathrow would do more for the national economy but a second runway at Gatwick would also deliver considerable economy benefits.

 HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Both Gatwick and Heathrow are very much in the running.  In the end of the day it will come down to political deliverability.   A new runway at either airport would boost the economy but the report underscores the fact the noise at Gatwick would affect far fewer people.  For politicians, that could be the clincher.”

On 3 December 2014 will be holding a public session near Heathrow where the consultation document will be debated.  Entry will be by ticket only. The Commission will announce shortly how to register.

The consultation ends on 3rd February.  The Airports Commission is due to deliver its final report in July next year, two months after the General Election.


For more information:  John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 OR 07957385650