London Airports: Construction

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the construction of a second runway at Gatwick airport; and what comparative assessment he has made of those benefits with proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Airports National Policy Statement, designated in June 2018 following the overwhelming support of MPs, sets out how a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport will address the United Kingdom's airport capacity needs and maintain the nation's status as a global aviation hub.

The Airports National Policy Statement details how a Northwest Runway scheme at Heathrow delivers a greater breadth of benefits more quickly than a second runway at Gatwick Airport across a range of passenger, economic and environmental measures. The Airports National Policy Statement, and all accompanying documents – including extensive analysis, are available online at:

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