Gatwick responds to CAGNE
22nd August 2018 – Crawley Observer
[In response to CAGNE’s letter to the Secretary for State Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP on August 13.]
As the UK’s second largest airport, we welcome Coast to Capital’s strategic vision for our region and its recognition of Gatwick as ‘the beating heart of business in the area’.
While we fully acknowledge the airport does bring environmental impacts, the airport works hard to be the best neighbour possible and is therefore disappointed to see CAGNE’s apparent disregard for the positive role the airport plays in our regron.
Gatwick supports thousands of jobs in the local community and makes a significant contribution to both the regional and national economy.
We contribute £2.3bn to the Gatwick Diamond economy alone and last year spent £132.8m with local suppliers. We also support 24,000 jobs on our campus, across 251 businesses, and of these jobs 56 per cent of airport staff live locally with more than 6,000 staff living in Crawley.
Gatwick’s current investment takes account for congestion on local roads and railways, most of which takes place outside of peak periods. DfT and Network Rail’s analysis shows that during morning peak hours Gatwick passengers make up’only five per cent of railway journeys.
Alison Addy Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement
Our passengers contribute fares throughout the day, not just during rush hour and often travel in the opposite direction to the peak flows.
Further, we invest more than rm each year in bus services and sustainable travel initiatives to the benefit of local users and also support Crawley Borough Council’s planning policies.
At a time when local authorities have limited funds for capital investment, our investment in infrastructure that equally serves airport and non-airport users is of significant benefits to people living locally.
Gatwick values the good relationships it has with its neighbours and is active in supporting our community. Last year we sponsored more than 40 community events and awarded £300,000 in grants to 66 community projects across Kent, Sussex and Surrey through the Gatwick Foundation Fund.
As well as raising more than 146,000 for our charity partners, our staff are encouraged to yolunteer for local causes.
Of course there is always more to be done, but we hope our neighbours recognise Gatwick’s positive contribution and we will continue to work with Coast to Capital and all our partners to secure a better future for our region.
Head of Community Engagement