Gatwick Airport has submitted new evidence in support of its second runway expansion to the UK Government’s Economy and Industrial Strategy (airports) sub-committee.

The sub-committee is currently considering locations to expand aviation capacity in the South East territory.

Gatwick’s new report, which follows the Airport Commission’s final report on aviation expansion, mentions a host of guarantees it has committed to if it builds a new runway by 2025.

The commission's report stated that even with the second runway, Gatwick would not serve 42 million passengers a year until 2030, or fly to 50 long-haul destinations until 2050.

"It is appropriate that the government’s economy and industrial strategy sub-committee is taking a new look at the issue of airport expansion."

In its new report, Gatwick mentioned that both the projections had already been achieved in 2016.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “It is appropriate that the government’s economy and industrial strategy sub-committee is taking a new look at the issue of airport expansion as so much has changed since the Airports Commission’s report was published.

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“Today’s report sets out clearly why a new runway at Gatwick can give the government the certainty that, finally, something can happen to give the country the connectivity and economic boost it needs.”

The report also claimed that the commission’s final report ignored new trends in aviation.

It stated that a runway expansion would provide economic benefits, and that the airport would work to reduce the number of people affected by noise.

Image: Gatwick claimed two of the Airport Commission's projections were achieved in 2016. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.