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Airports praised for not charging drop-off parking fees

Gatwick is one of the airports to be praised Credit: ITY

The South's two main airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - have been praised by industry experts for not charging drop-off parking fees. It comes as other major UK airports, such as Stansted, have been charging drivers £2.50 for a maximum of 10 minutes. Bob Atkinson from TravelSupermarket says he wants to see all airports adopt free five-minute parking.

Millions prepare for the great Christmas getaway

More than a million people will pass through Heathrow Credit: ITV

Today is expected to be the busiest day for the Christmas getaway with around 14 million drivers taking to the roads. The M25 and M4 could be the most congested, especially around 4pm.

At Heathrow 1.2 million passengers at Heathrow will be jetting off for the festive break. Gatwick will handle 900,000 passengers.

In Dover, 600,000 will travel by ferry over the next two days.

Eurostar say tens of thousands of passengers will head to Paris and Brussels.

It comes as millions of rail passengers are warned to expect some of the worst disruption ever over the festive period with 10 days of major works.

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Chief Exec of Gatwick reacts to airport expansion delay

People living near Gatwick and Heathrow face another six months of uncertainty after the decision about new runways was delayed.

The Goverment say more work's needed on environmental safeguards . Gatwick say the delay puts them "right back in the game".

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive Officer of Gatwick Airport, Stuart Wingate.

Decision on airport expansion is grounded

a decision over whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick airport - has been postponed - until next summer.

It means people living nearby - face another long wait to find out if their lives will be affected.

The government say the region does need an extra runway - but more work needs to be done to lessen the environmental impact.

Earlier ITV News spoke to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Gatwick reaction over delayed airport expansion decision

“This is a defining moment in the expansion debate. There is now a clear choice facing Britain: growth with Gatwick or inertia at Heathrow with an illegal scheme that has failed time and time again.

“We have always maintained that this decision is about balancing the economy and the environment. Expansion at Gatwick would give the country the economic benefit it needs at a dramatically lower environmental cost.

“We are glad that the Government recognises that more work on environmental impact needs to be done. Air quality, for example, is a public health priority and obviously the legal safeguards around it cannot be wished away.

“Even Heathrow’s most vocal supporters must now realise a third runway at Heathrow will never take off as the environmental hurdles are just too high. If they want Britain to have the benefits of expansion and competition they should now look to Gatwick.

“Expansion has been in a holding pattern for decades. Momentum is now behind Gatwick as it becomes ever clearer that it is the obvious solution. We will continue to work closely with Government to take forward our plan which is legal, affordable, and can actually deliver for Britain.”

– Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate

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Transport Secretary on Airport expansion delay

"The case for aviation expansion is clear – but it’s vitally important we get the decision right so that it will benefit generations to come. We will undertake more work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon.

"We must develop the best possible package of measures to mitigate the impacts on local people. We will continue work on all the shortlisted locations, so that the timetable for more capacity set out by Sir Howard is met.

"At the first opportunity I will make a statement to the House to make clear our plans."

– Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin

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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