The head of community engagement at Gatwick Airport has said it is listening to people’s concerns over the possibility of a second runway.
If, at the end of the year, the Airports Commission shortlists Gatwick’s second runway proposals as a potential way to solve the country’s airport capacity problem, Gatwick will be spend the whole of 2014 investigating option further.
Lindsay Baldwin said: “We will be looking at opportunities for people to leave their comments, asking people their views.
“We want this to be something that the community is excited about, that they feel excited about the future of aviation and the great benefits that Gatwick brings.
“There will be people who don’t want it, but nevertheless we want to understand where they are coming from even if they don’t support us.”
She added Crawley, Horley and the surrounding area benefit in a number of ways as a result of work by Gatwick Airport, including its £81million contribution to the local economy, the money it gives to charities directly or through the Gatwick Airport Community Trust and its work with its two on-site nature reserves.
She said: “We try as much as we can to not only take responsibility as an airport to be a good community airport, but also for our staff to be good community ambassadors (doing voluntary work).
“It’s not only good for the community. It means that our staff learn new skills and bring that vitality the airport.”
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