The arguments for & against Gatwick Airport expansion

The Davies report into the future of aviation in the South highlights that airport expansion is desperately needed in the south east - but few people want a new runway in their backyard. While growth could create more jobs, it would also bring more aircraft noise and pollution.

Gatwick Airport still has a lot of spare capacity. But, is a new runway even necessary? Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw has been looking at the arguments.

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Reaction to airport expansion report

The Airport Commission's Interim Report has been released and announces proposals for new runways at both Gatwick and Heathrow Airport- with a considered option for Thames Estuary.