Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said building a new runway in Gatwick airport would be an affordable and practical option that would enable London and the UK to stay connected to Europe and the rest of the world. He said:
I believe a new runway at Gatwick could be affordable, practical and give passengers a greater choice of routes to key markets. A new runway will allow Gatwick to compete and grow, increasing the choice available to passengers today. We have the space, capability and access to financial resources.
There are clear practical advantages of a new runway at Gatwick. When compared with a third runway at Heathrow, we would have a significantly lower environmental impact whilst adding significantly more capacity.
Gatwick bosses are looking at plans for a new runway at the airport. Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wigate said a new runway at Gatwick "could be affordable and practical" and was a better option than new runway at Heathrow or Stansted airports.
Virgin Atlantic have issued a new statement on the welfare on the passengers involved in the emergency landing at Gatwick today:
Our number one priority in this incident is the welfare of our passengers. We have spent all day assisting in every way that we can including accompanying customers to hospital, arranging care and overnight accommodation.
We understand that 14 passengers have attended hospital for a variety of injuries and we are keeping informed of their situation.
We will do everything we can to meet their needs and support them at this time.
We cannot comment on individual claims of the situation on board but we are confident that the crew executed the emergency procedures to very high standard.
In these incidents crew are highly trained and part of this training is to speak very loudly and shout instructions on evacuation.
We apologise to all of those customers that have suffered a very difficult experience – we are working around the clock to ensure that best possible care for everyone involved.
David Davis from the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has told ITV News that passengers were mostly suffering from trauma, rather than smoke-inhalation, following an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport.