The Airports Commission was set up by the government to examine what needed to be done to maintain the UK’s status as Europe’s most important aviation hub.
It has concluded that there is a need to build one new runway in the South East by 2030 and has created a shortlist of three options – two of which involve an expansion of Heathrow, and one which would envisage the building of a new runway at Gatwick.
Over the past six months we have analysed the economic, social, business and environmental impacts (including noise of course) of each of the proposals.
The results of this analysis have been issued for public consultation.
An important part of this process is to hear from those people likely to be affected by the proposals and we would like to encourage people to respond.
The consultation runs until 3 February 2015, and the consultation materials, including information on how to respond, can be accessed on our website here: www.gov.uk/airports-commission
To hear views at first hand the Commission is holding a public discussion session on 16 December at the Arora Hotel Gatwick-Crawley, Southgate Avenue, Crawley.
This will enable us to hear from local communities and their elected representatives.
This session has proved to be very popular and we will be publishing a full transcript on our website so people who were unable to attend can read what was said.
In addition, members of the team supporting the Commission will be available at the same venue in the evening of 16 December (from 6pm to 8pm) to provide advice on responding to the consultation.
My fellow Commissioners and I encourage people to respond to the consultation, and look forward to taking their views on board as we enter the final phase of our work to identify the best proposal.
Sir Howard Davies, Chair