Gatwick has been urged to drop expansion…

Gatwick has been urged to drop expansion plans by GACC campaigners due to the Covid pandemic
2020-05-22 13:17:00
There are almost no flights at Gatwick, nor have there been for weeks, due to the Covid pandemic lockdown. When flights will resume is not known, but even aviation optimists think it could take 3-4 years (or more) for air travel demand to again reach the level in 2019 – if it ever does.  However, the airport says it is still going ahead ahead with plans to bring its current emergency runway into use as a full runway. But local campaign, GACC (the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) has written to Gatwick’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, asking the airport to drop its expansion plans, arguing not only that there is no credible demand case, but it would be incompatible with national and local environmental goals. Peter Barclay, GACC chairman, said the group sympathised with employees and others whose jobs had been affected, but believes there is no credible case for expansion at Gatwick. It is also undesirable that the planning process would absorb council and other resources that should be focused on supporting people and businesses impacted by the pandemic. GACC says the plans for the emergency runway should be withdrawn. .Tweet     Gatwick Airport has been urged to drop expansion plans by campaigners in light of the coronavirus pandemic. By Joshua Powling  (Mid-Sussex Times)  Tuesday, 19th May 2020, Flights have largely been grounded during the lockdown and although business was growing in 2019, airport bosses believe it may take at least four years for passenger numbers to return to that high water mark. Last month Gatwick confirmed it is still going ahead with plans to bring its current emergency runway into full-time use. However this week the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) has called on the airport to drop its expansion plans, arguing that not only is there not a credible demand case, but it would be incompatible with national and local environmental goals. Peter Barclay, chairman of GACC, said the group sympathised with employees and others whose jobs had been affected, but believes there is no credible case for expansion at Gatwick. He added: “We are also concerned that a plannin

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