Runway decision expected September or October
A decision by the Government on whether a new runway is to be built at Heathrow or at Gatwick is expected to be announced either when the House of Commons is in session 5 - 15 September, or in the session starting 10 October.
JUDICIAL REVIEW OF RUNWAY DECISION?
GACC has written to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to warn him that if the Government were to decide on a new runway at Gatwick for reasons of 'political expediency', we would consider seeking judicial review. This is based on advice from senior barrister John Steel QC. See letter.
GACC's press release sets out other potential grounds on which a legal challenge could be mounted. Press release.
GACC research studies published on
- Ancient Woodland
- Wrong Place
- Heritage and Countryside
- Rail Infrastructure
- Road Infrastructure
- Crawley Urbanisation
- Gatwick Landscape
- Climate Change and a New Runway;
- Paying for a New Gatwick Runway;
- Gatwick and Tax; and
- Ambient Noise
- see Research Studies.
MPs warn of increased pollution risks with second runway. Read more.
Anger at Gatwick bosses' bonuses. See press release.
Arrivals Review: GACC response published.
Infrastructure cost comparison misleading - go to the runway issue
Night flight shock see press release
Guide to Gatwick Environmental Groups. Here.
GACC newsletter gives latest situation on
- Runway postponed
- Crucial air quality analysis
- New Government policies
- Night flights
- Revised route 4
NO FUEL DUTY
APD is only one third
of the tax lost.
Air passenger duty
On 10 June 2015 a Treasury spokeswoman said:
"The aviation companies .... already pay no tax on the fuel used in international flights, no VAT on international flights and unlike in many other countries, no VAT on domestic flights. The Government has also helped them by cutting corporation tax rate to 20% - the lowest in the G20 (group of leading world economies) - saving businesses £9.5 billion a year from 2016."
In the March 2015 Budget, the Chancellor resisted airline lobbying, and kept the main rates of air passenger duty (APD) unchanged.
That was in accord with GACC's response to the consultation on the future of air passenger duty. Response