NIMBY Sadiq Khan and his mate Stewart Wingate tell Theresa May to get on and back Gatwick

Sadiq Khan, as well as being Labour Mayor of London, is the  MP for Tooting. He has backed a new runway at Gatwick since June 2015.  Before that he backed Heathrow, but realised the negative impacts of it would be too great (and his support of it would make him unelectable). He now says Theresa May should allow Gatwick a runway, as soon as possible. In November 2015, Sadiq announced that a second runway at Gatwick would create 20,000 extra jobs in Croydon and the surrounding area, (Tooting is next door to Croydon). So that would all be very convenient, to get some local popularity. That would be especially as nobody in London would be in any way inconvenienced (or have their quality of life reduced) by the 200,000 or more annual flights overhead per year – and the increased local air pollution. Other south London boroughs have been enthusiastic, in a frighteningly NIMBY manner, about a Gatwick runway, for the prospects of jobs, and avoiding any more noise from Heathrow flights. Sadiq appears not to appreciate that Gatwick does not help show the  “UK is open for business”; it is primarily a leisure airport. It is in entirely the wrong place to help the whole of the UK, and its expansion will merely serve to facilitate the tourism deficit, as Londoners and those in the south east spend more abroad. 


London mayor Sadiq Khan joins Gatwick bosses in call for new runway

Key political figure shares stage with airport executives and calls for Theresa May to rule out controversial Heathrow expansion

By  (Guardian)

Gatwick’s campaign to win approval for a second runway has been boosted as the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined executives at the airport calling on the new prime minister to back expansion at Heathrow’s rival.

The event came as Gatwick announced a further £200m to improve its terminal facilities, [is that really in addition to the funds already earmarked in the 2015 plan?  Here  AW note ] and a day after Theresa May’s new cabinet promoted several figures who oppose Heathrow’s third runway.

Khan said Gatwick had “put together a formidable plan that is a fantastic display of their confidence in London”.   [Odd words ?] 

While Khan had already made his support for Gatwick known, the event marks the first time since the Airports Commission was established in 2012 that a key political figure has shared a stage with executives at the contending airports to declare their partisan support.

Gatwick’s chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: “As Gatwick rapidly approaches full capacity, this increased investment paves the way for our second runway project. It is now clear that only Gatwick can deliver the runway Britain needs to boost international competitiveness and trading links at a time when it is most needed, and we can do that before 2025.”

The debate over where to build a new runway around densely populated Londonhas been raging for more than 25 years, with environmental opposition to expansion at Heathrow preventing earlier proposals being developed there.

David Cameron had promised to make a decision by the end of last year on whether a new runway should be built at Britain’s largest airport, Heathrow, or Gatwick, but then backed away from a controversial issue that divided the Conservatives.

The Airports Commission recommended in July last year that a third runway at Heathrow should be built, but in December the Department forTransport (DfT) announced that further investigation into noise, pollution and compensation was needed.

Last month the DfT said the decision had been deferred until “at least October” following Cameron’s resignation as prime minister.

A Heathrow spokesman said the Airports Commission had disagreed with Khan, adding that Brexit loaded the dice further in favour of the west London location.

“Following an independent, £20m, two-and-a-half-year deep dive into the issue of airport capacity, they confirmed that Heathrow expansion could provide the capacity the UK needs more easily and quickly than any other option.

“Brexit makes the commission’s conclusion that, with Heathrow expansion, ‘the benefits are significantly greater for business passengers, freight operators and the broader economy’ even more persuasive.”

However, campaigners believe that the tide has turned against Heathrow. The campaign group Hacan republished archive material which showed that the new prime minister fiercely opposed the third runway in 2009, telling constituents: “We need a better Heathrow, not a bigger Heathrow.”

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, declared his support for Gatwick in an article in his local constituency newspaper in 2013, while the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the education secretary, Justine Greening, have long opposed Heathrow expansion.

Hacan’s chair, John Stewart, said: “There must now be a real question mark over a third runway. Heathrow will argue that its proposals now offer more to residents than the 2009 plan, but these archives make very clear that we have a prime minister who has expressed strong opposition to Heathrow expansion.”


Sadiq Khan: Second Gatwick runway could create 20,000 extra jobs in Croydon

25 Nov 2015 

A second runway at Gatwick would create 20,000 extra jobs in Croydon and the surrounding area, Sadiq Khan has claimed.  Sadiq Khan is Tooting Labour MP and London mayoral candidate.  [If all those people want to get down to Gatwick to work, they will have to endure the crowded trains and traffic congestion on the roads, along with the extra passengers. The transport infrastructure at  Gatwick is not up to that pressure of numbers].

Labour’s London mayoral candidate used a visit to the airport on Friday to reaffirm his support for expanding Gatwick, rather than building a third runway at Heathrow.

Mr Khan said: “Not only is expansion at Gatwick crucial for our future prosperity as a global city, it will be a major catalyst for job and growth in Croydon and south London. 20,000 jobs would be created in Croydon and the surrounding area – there’s no excuse for not getting on with expansion as soon as possible.”


Heathrow and Gatwick Airport clash over third runway and long-haul routes claims

Gatwick has fewer frequent, long-haul routes flying from its runways today than it did in 2010, leading rival Heathrow to claim that allowing the Sussex airport to build a new runway would be a “high-risk gamble”.

Heathrow’s claims were immediately dismissed by Gatwick as “increasingly desperate”. But the new figures from Frontier Economics, commissioned by Heathrow, show that in the past six years Gatwick has lost 12 long-haul routes that airlines were flying at least twice weekly on average, seven of which connected the UK to emerging markets such as Mexico City, Beijing and Jakarta.

In that time it has only gained eight new frequent long-haul routes, meaning a net loss of four, despite its runway having spare capacity.

……….. and it continues ………..