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When will Government announce airport expansion plans?

It's been a day of confusion about when the Government will announce their plans for airport expansion in the South East.

Downing Street hinted it'll be later tonight. The Department of Transport hinted it'll be next week. Then the House of Commons Speaker weighed in. Phil Hornby's been trying to make sense of it all.

Gatwick on alert as Heathrow's third runway bid slammed by report

Heathrow or Gatwick? Most experts think the Government will finally make its decision on airport expansion this month - and most think David Cameron will go for Heathrow.

But bosses at Gatwick, still sure their airport is the better option, were thrown a last minute boost today, when a report said Heathrow's third runway shouldn't be approved unless it meets key environmental conditions.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Alistair McDermid of Gatwick Airport, Sally Pavey of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, and Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Chairman of Environmental Audit Select Committee.

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Late night bus service provides jobs boost at Gatwick Airport

Credit: East Sussex council

A new cross-country bus service could boost jobs at Gatwick Airport. Late night workers will be able to get home more easily with two round trips from the airport to Bexhill

Metrobus has extended its Earlybird service to include southbound buses from the airport to stops including Forest Row, Buxted, Heathfield, Netherfield, Battle, Hastings and Bexhill.

The service will leave the airport’s South Terminal every day at 12.22 and 2.22am, reaching its final destination, Bexhill, in just under two hours. Currently, around five per cent of the workforce at Gatwick – amounting to more than 1,100 employees – comes from East Sussex.

Cllr Rupert Simmons from East Sussex County Council said: “Gatwick is a major employer for our region, with a workforce drawn from across Sussex and further afield. Many of the roles on offer need staff right around the clock, and therefore it’s vital that potential employees can travel to and from the airport whatever the time of day or night. By providing a crucial link at a time when trains and normal bus services have stopped running, this route will open up more job opportunities for people from across East Sussex. It will also be of great benefit to anyone returning from holiday on a late flight.”

Oyster cards to be used on rail line to Gatwick

Oyster cards will be valid to use on the rail line to Gatwick from the New year Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers using the line to Gatwick can use their Oyster cards from this January.

It means travellers will no longer have to obtain a different payment method to the one they use for Tube and bus rides in London.

"By providing a quick and easy way to pay, our Oyster and contactless ticketing have transformed the way people get around our capital.

"We've already extended this on a number of key routes outside of London and it makes perfect sense for Londoners, commuters and passengers from around the world to benefit from this further link to Gatwick Airport."

– London mayor Boris Johnson

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13,000 people affected by Gatwick noise

More people say they have been affected by aircraft noise Credit: ITV

Nearly 13,000 people were adversely affected by the noise of Gatwick night flights in 2014 – a 15% rise on the previous year.

The figures, in a report by the Civil Aviation Authority, were revealed at a meeting of the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee.

The CAA report also shows that the number of people who said they were more seriously affected by night time noise doubled in the past year.

EasyJet creates more than 1,000 new jobs

Easyjet today announced they are creating over 1,100 new jobs - many of which will be based at Gatwick

There will be 830 cabin crew roles and 310 pilots. The airline is also trying to encourage more women to be pilots by offering loans for training.

The jobs announcement was made at the launch of EasyJet's new European training centre at Gatwick, from where our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

EasyJet announces 1,000 new jobs - many at Gatwick

Gatwick will benefit from the announcement Credit: TV

EasyJet announce 1,000 new jobs to be created.

There will be 600 cabin crew based in the UK, with many at Gatwick. The others will be pilots and other staff.

The airline is offering loans of £100,000 for women to train as pilots. It comes as figures show just one in 20 flight crew are women.

It comes as the airline is launching its new European training centre at Gatwick.

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