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The reports published by Government in October 2017 as part of its updated consultation on its Airports National Policy Statement set out that a second runway at Gatwick would be cheaper, delivered more quickly, have fewer environmental impacts and offer greater benefits to passengers and to the wider economy compared to a third runway at Heathrow.
Gatwick plans to launch its statutory Development Consent Order consultation in the Spring and I will be looking to the airport to robustly demonstrate how it will address all of its environmental and surface access impacts.
Expansion at Gatwick, like any UK airport, will need to stay within the carbon limits set by the Committee on Climate Change, to ensure the sector does not jeopardise the UK meeting its net zero 2050 carbon targets. This should include emissions from international flights.