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Gatwick bosses accuse runway reports of using 'inaccurate assumptions'

Bosses at Gatwick Airport have criticised a report recommending a new runway should be built at Heathrow, accusing it of relying on an inaccurate 'economic modelling of assumptions'.

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Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board, said the Airports Commission had understated both Gatwick's strengths and the challenges faced by Heathrow when it made its decision to favour a new runway at the west London airport.

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We are quite absolutely sure that what they have finally settled on does not make sense, and we will be putting that point as strongly as we can to the Government.

– Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board


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Boris: Heathrow development plans would be disaster

Boris Johnson has told ITV News that the Airport Commission's proposals for a third runway at Heathrow will lead to a massive increase in noise and air pollution over London and suggested little has changed since the West London airport's first plans for redevelopment three years ago.

The Mayor of London seemed wary that the planned expansion would lead to the erosion of a night flight ban and eventually a fourth runway, which Mr Johnson said would be a "real disaster".

Zac Goldsmith: Third Heathrow runway 'not going to happen'

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who is seeking nomination as the party's candidate for London mayor and has been a vocal opponent of a third runway, said:

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It's not going to happen. I don't think anyone believes Heathrow expansion is possible or deliverable politically. There are conditions in this report on air quality and noise pollution that are irreconcilable with Heathrow expansion.

– Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park

Mr Goldsmith said he would honour his pledge to stand down as an MP and force a by-election in his Richmond Park constituency if a Conservative government gives the green light to the third runway option.


Community 'betrayed by Cameron' over Heathrow

Labour MP John McDonnell, whose Hayes and Harlington constituency includes Heathrow, said:

My community has been absolutely betrayed by David Cameron who said 'No ifs, no buts, no third runway'.

We will fight with every mechanism available, including political lobbying, legal action and where necessary direct action to save our homes and community.

The Davies proposals will result in 4,000 homes being demolished or rendered unlivable by air and noise pollution, including the demolition of schools, community centres and places of worship.

The Davies proposal for a third runway at Heathrow will provoke the biggest environmental campaign the UK and Europe has seen. The fight goes on.

– John McDonnell, Labour MP
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Heathrow expansion 'right for the UK and industry'

A computer generated image of the new runways proposal. Credit: Heathrow Aiport

Business and trade unions appear to have broadly welcomed the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow Airport in West London.

Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, said:

Heathrow is a global freight hub and the clear preference for manufacturers with a business need for aviation expansion. Today's recommendation that Heathrow should be allowed to expand is the right one for industry and the country.

– Terry Scuoler, EEF
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Boris Johnson: Heathrow runway 'will never be built'

Boris Johnson has said that he is "disappointed" with the Airport Commission's recommendations and predicted that a third runway at Heathrow would never be built.

In a tweet the Mayor of London said: "Davies commission pro Heathrow is disappointing - compounds not solves issue - destined for vertical filing as 3rd r/way will never be built."

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