Sir Howard Davies has hit back at criticism from Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate, saying a campaign to reverse the runway expansion decision is doing “him and his company no credit”.

The Airports Commission CEO issued a response to a 50-page document published by Gatwick that said the Davies report contained “so many omissions and basic errors” its reliability must be questioned.

“This dossier appears to repeat many points which Gatwick made to the Commission in the course of its work and which, unsurprisingly, were carefully considered,” said Davies.

“They did not alter the Commission’s view that Heathrow was the best option. Using colourful language, as Mr Wingate has done, does not turn weak points into strong ones, and does him and his company no credit.”

Wingate’s response came more than a month after Heathrow was recommended as the best airport in the south east for expansion.

The decision has been criticised by political heavyweights such as Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith and environmental groups.

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