Gatwick airport has written an open letter to prime minister David Cameron in a last-ditch plea to secure backing for a second runway.
The airport’s chairman Roy McNulty has today set out in more detail how Gatwick would “create a second world class airport for the UK”.
The government has delayed a decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick following a lengthy assessment from the Airports Commission which recommended building a third runway at Heathrow.
Gatwick is pledging to have the work completed by 2025 if a decision is made by October as well as capping passenger charges.
The letter commits to capping the number of people affected by aircraft noise at much lower levels than Heathrow, keeping passenger charges at a maximum of £15 and no requirements for taxpayer subsidy.
“Aviation is changing fast and Gatwick offers a future proofed solution for Britain,” said McNulty. “The pledges we are making today represent a fair deal for the country – for passengers, the taxpayer and local communities. Critically they guarantee that the UK’s next runway can actually be built and operated legally so that Britain can grow.”
Last month, Heathrow vowed to ban night flights and committed to meeting other conditions set out in the Airports Commission’s report.