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Gatwick Airport (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Navin Shah Navin Shah Labour

You have said that if the Government chooses to pursue a third runway at Heathrow, you would continue to call for a new runway at Gatwick as a more viable, cheaper and easier to build alternative. Is this still your view or do you believe that a new runway in the South East is no longer necessary?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The recent landmark Heathrow judgment is a victory for Londoners and future generations. We face a climate emergency and I’m delighted that the Court of Appeal has recognised that the Government cannot ignore its climate change responsibilities.

Every sector must play its part in demonstrating how it will help us meet the net zero carbon target for 2050 and aviation is no exception.

This is not helped by a policy vacuum from Government which has so far failed to set out how its aviation policy can be made consistent with its climate change policy.

The evidence indicates that Heathrow expansion, given its scale and the proposal that growth should not be capped, will necessarily have a material impact on the ability of the UK to stay within carbon targets and budgets.

But I am clear that every airport has an obligation to take seriously its responsibilities for carbon reduction and I will scrutinise development proposals, including any from Gatwick, as and when they are brought forward.