Posted on 10th January 2019
An open letter from the business community in support of Gatwick Airport’s growth opportunities
As a selection of business organisations and individual companies, employing hundreds of thousands of people throughout London, the South East and beyond, we are writing to offer our firm support for the growth opportunities outlined in Gatwick Airport’s latest draft Master Plan.
Gatwick is a linchpin of the regional economy and a significant national asset, contributing over £5bn to UK GDP, delivering 24,000 jobs at the airport and supporting a further 85,000 jobs across the UK.
As the UK heads into a new chapter, Gatwick will have a vital role to play in fuelling trade, tourism and commerce, and providing links to global markets. When Gatwick thrives and grows, so too does the national and regional economy, so the airport’s growth ambitions deserve our full support.
Clearly this growth should not be at any cost, and given our businesses and employees are based in the local communities in and around the airport, we fully understand that the impacts of expansion need to be considered and carefully managed.
But we believe the strength of Gatwick’s plans lies in their simplicity. By unlocking much-needed new capacity from within the airport’s existing runways and footprint, Gatwick’s growth plans are a low-impact way of delivering significant benefits.
We are firmly in support of Gatwick’s plans which we believe will play a crucial role in allowing our businesses, our employees and our region to continue to prosper.
Assurity Consulting Ltd Best Business Events Brighton BID Brighton Chamber of Commerce Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership Burgess Hill Business Park Association Chichester Chamber of Commerce Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Crawley and Gatwick Chamber of Commerce Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex FSB Develop Croydon Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd Gatwick Diamond Business Gatwick Diamond Initiative Gatwick Hotels Association Gujar Hindu Union METALL Shoreham Port South London Export Club Surrey Chambers of Commerce Sussex Chamber of Commerce Sussex Property Alliance Transvalair Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce
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