EasyJet backs new runway at Heathrow

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By Patrick Whyte,

Gatwick’s biggest customer has thrown its weight behind the expansion plan of the airport’s bitter rival.

In its submission to the Airports Commission, easyJet has decided to get behind a new runway at Heathrow, saying this “would provide the greatest passenger and economic benefits.”

The low-cost airline said that building a new runway at Gatwick would lead to “higher fares” for passengers.

“There is no evidence that passenger demand at Gatwick, and therefore its range of airlines and their networks, will be significantly expanded with an additional runway,” said chief executive Carolyn McCall.

“Gatwick slots have been and are still readily available now which would allow long haul airlines to move to or expand at Gatwick.

“History shows that there is little appetite to do so and, in fact, many have left the airport.”

A spokesperson for Gatwick told the BBC that easyJet’s position was based on “narrow commercial interests”.

Last week, travel industry association Abta came out in favour of expansion at both UK airports.

A public consultation on the shortlisted options for a new runway closes tomorrow (February 3).

Sourced by TTG Digital

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