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Security alert at the region's airports after USA warning

There's a security clampdown at airports tonight - after a new terror alert, issued by the Government of the United States of America. There are fears that al-Qaeda groups are targetting the aviation industry once again.

The alert came on the day new low-cost routes were introduced from Gatwick - to the United States. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Airline to fly to LA and New York for as little as £150

The first new low cost airline for 40 years to fly from the the UK to the United States is taking off today from Gatwick.

Norwegian will fly the new Dreamliner to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles from as little as £150.

But unions claim the airline want to use cheap labour from South Asia and have concerns over safety, which the airline deny.

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Passengers face long delays to claim their luggage at Gatwick

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Campaign group fights plans for 2nd runway at Gatwick

A campaign group's been set up in opposition to plans to build a second runway at Gatwick.

The "Gatwick Coordination Group" has been organised by five local MPs. The runway proposals have been shortlisted by a committee looking at Britain's airport capacity.

ITV Meridian spoke to MP for Reigate, Crispin Blunt.

Gatwick 'road and rail ready' for 2nd runway by 2021

Gatwick Airport says it will be "road and rail ready" for a 2nd runway by 2021 with no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Officials from Heathrow and Gatwick have been trying to persuade the government's Airport Commission they will have the best infrastructure to cope with extra travellers.

It's claimed new Gatwick Express trains will double rail capacity by 2016 and improvements will be made to the M23 and M25. Heathrow wants to treble rail capacity to 15 thousand seats an hour by 2030.

Final exhibition on Gatwick runway plans

An exhibition to explain proposals for a second runway at Gatwick will be held today, the final one in a series.

It's due to be held in Copthorne.

Gatwick Airport wants to build a second runway Credit: ITV Meridian

More than six thousand people have attended sixteen events. The plans would make the airport as large as Heathrow.

Gatwick's response to report criticism

London Gatwick has issued a statement to the report: “Gatwick welcomes the Transport Select Committee’s report and fully accepts its recommendations.

"Following the events of Christmas Eve, Gatwick set aside a £30 million resilience fund and immediately began projects to strengthen flood defences.

"In partnership with its airlines, extensive work has already been undertaken to improve contingency plans and passenger welfare in times of disruption.

"It is now important to focus on the future and today’s report coupled with David McMillan’s accepted recommendations will help ensure the entire airport community makes the improvements required.”

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