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Gatwick Airport not happy with criticism over economic benefits of a second runway

The Easirent Gatwick Airport Car Hire location hope the estimations by the airport are true and not exaggerated to try and get support. 

Top bosses at Gatwick Airport have hit back at claims the economic benefits of a second runway are exaggerated.

Criticism had come from the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), which said the airport’s figure of £90 million worth of economic benefit is far higher than the figures produced by the Airports Commission. The pressure group also claims that Gatwick passengers would face an increase of £50 per return fare to pay for the cost of a new runway and that it would take away business from regional airports.

Brendon Sewill, chairman of GACC, said “The airport seems to think that the public can’t tell the difference between a million pounds and a billion pounds. But that is no excuse for attempting to secure support by putting out inaccurate statements.”

Gatwick’s recent poll showed that given a straight choice between expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, 52% preferred Gatwick, with 36% choosing Heathrow and 11% unsure.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said “The polling was carried out by YouGov in accordance with its robust polling procedures. We have been completely transparent – stating dates, sample sizes, breakdown of responses, representativeness, weighting and most importantly the question text and underlying data tables – putting it all in the public domain.”

Gatwick stood by its figure of £90 billion of economic benefit to the UK including the creation of 120,000 jobs across the UK.

However, opponents of the runway say that very few of these jobs will be filled by Mole Valley residents, which will put further pressure on housing in the district due to workers flooding into the area to fill the vacancies.