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London Mayor met with Gatwick Airport officials

It is the hot topic in the area and Chris and his team at the Gatwick Airport Easirent Car Hire branch think the recent story just adds to the mix of discussion. 

Gatwick Airport bosses met with Mayor of London Boris Johnson to discuss aviation expansion shortly after the Airports Commission ruled against the Estuary airport plan.

The Mayor held his first meeting with senior representatives from Gatwick Airport Limited on October 9 and discussed its role as London’s second busiest gateway to the world.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport Limited said “Clearly, the Mayor has his own views which we respect. We set out Gatwick’s plans for a second runway.”

The talks will fuel speculation that the Mayor could support a second runway for Gatwick Airport as an interim measure rather than a third runway at Heathrow. Mr Johnson’s officials stressed that he was not giving up on his battle for a four-runway hub airport in the Thames Estuary area, despite it being shot down by Sir Howard Davies’s commission in September.

Asked about his meeting with Gatwick, Mr Johnson said “Aviation connectivity is crucial to London’s success as a world city and as a global centre of commerce and industry, and Gatwick plays a vital part in providing that connectivity. I look forward to the day that we open the UK’s new four-runway hub airport on the eastern side of London, but while we progress towards that goal I am keen to work with the existing major airports in the South-East to ensure the capital enjoys the best possible connections to the rest of the country and the world.”