London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on new prime minister Theresa May to make a decision on airport expansion a top priority.
Khan, who is a long-standing critic of expanding Heathrow, urged the PM to be in favour of Gatwick.
“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,” said Khan.
His backing followed today’s (July 15) visit to Gatwick where he hailed the airport’s decision to boost its investment in the airport by an additional £200 million.
Gatwick said it 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. The total invested in improving the airport since new ownership (2009) through to 2021 will be £2.5 billion.
Some of the projects identified in the new Capital Investment Programme (2016 to 2021) announced today include:
- Expansion of both the North Terminal and South Terminal departure lounges
- Upgrading shopping facilities
- Expansion of the North Terminal and South Terminal immigration halls
- Additional aircraft parking stands and optimisation of taxiway
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.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “As Gatwick rapidly approaches full capacity, this increased investment paves the way for our second runway project. As we enter a new era for Britain, we must be agile and decisive as a country to show the world that we are open for business.
“It is now clear that only Gatwick can deliver the runway Britain needs to boost international competitiveness and trading links at a time when it is most needed, and we can do that before 2025.