The battle for the South East’s next runway is heating up as Gatwick Airport announced plans to invest a £20 million fund to support domestic flights if it beats Heathrow.
While Heathrow currently serves seven UK destinations, Gatwick serves 11, with the Sussex airport’s fund aiming to improve services throughout the UK, including reduced fees, subsidising new services or the funding of regional tourism bodies.
Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said, “Gatwick has always been serious about encouraging the growth and development of a strong network of competing airports around the UK.
“Gatwick expansion is best for the UK and regions because it supports not only the growth of connectivity to London, but also more connectivity between all UK airports and international short and long haul destinations. Expanding Gatwick will provide more competition and choice for passengers all around the UK.”
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