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Gatwick Pen Government Expansion Letter

Gatwick Airport has written an open letter, containing eight pledges, in a bid to strengthen its expansion bid.

The pledges include capping passenger charges at £15, that far fewer local residents would be affected by noise pollution compared to Heathrow, and that no tax payer funding would be necessary.

The Government is expected to give its decision over which airport will be expanded this summer, however Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has said that he believes the decision will be pushed back for a second time, until September. The reason, Mr McLoughlin says is because the PM is battling with the EU Brexit campaign, plus the forthcoming Government summer recess where MPs go on their summer break from Parliament.

The open letter, by Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, cites that expansion at Gatwick would solve a political “conundrum” for the PM, as well as it ”securing his legacy”.