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Gatwick Airport makes official complaint over support for rival airport

The Gatwick Airport Easirent Car Hire location are looking forward to the final decision being made over future airport expansion, as another twist is revealed.

The battle for airport expansion took a twist when Gatwick Airport made an official complaint about Heathrow in their opinion faking grass roots support.

Its polling and public statements should be treated with “strong scepticism” said Gatwick chair Sir Roy McNulty in a letter to the boss of the Government’s Airports Commission. Gatwick accused Back Heathrow of “scaremongering” and “setting up the entirely false choice between expansion and closure”.

A letter was sent as the commission hosted a public meeting at Heathrow with MPs, council leaders and lobby groups speaking for and against expansion. Heathrow bosses were due to apologise to local people for breaking an historic pledge not to bid to build a third runway.

Heathrow, which declined to say how much it had given to the group, said “Heathrow has always been transparent about the fact that it helps fund Back Heathrow to provide a voice for the thousands of local people who would like to see expansion. The campaign itself has over 50,000 members and we support its continued efforts to give a voice to those who had previously not been heard in the debate on the airport’s future.”

At a meeting Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye will apologise for breaking its promise not to campaign for a third runway. He said “As I have spoken to local people about our plans for the future, many have pointed to a commitment made by BAA and Heathrow in the past. I have read the community leaflets distributed by the airport almost 20 years ago which committed to permanently rule out a third runway at Heathrow. I am shocked by that commitment.  It should never have been made. And it could never be kept.”