Plans to expand Gatwick Airport have been backed by Coast to Capital-the local Enterprise Partnership. Britains second busiest airport has made a submission to the Davies Commission that the South East will benefit by all three airports Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted by having two runways each.

John Peel, Coast to Capital LEP chairman, said: “We believe there is a pressing need to address the short, medium and long term provision of aviation capacity in the South East of England. That is why we are very supportive of Gatwick Airport’s case to the Davies commission for growth. We do, however, recognise the need to strike a balance between what makes the Coast to Capital area an attractive destination and the potential impacts of airport development on noise and pollution…”