My position on a second runway at Gatwick

As we pursue a growth agenda, the role of aviation is critical. I welcome the report produced by my colleague Kwasi Kwarteng, Member of Parliament for Spelthorne, entitled The Case for Aviation , which has called for increased capacity in UK airports in a report. However, my position on a second runway at Gatwick has not changed; it is not a viable option or even up for consideration before 2019. Contrary to other indications, Gatwick is not currently running at anywhere near its total capacity of 45m passengers, with only 31.4m passengers passing through last year. Furthermore, Gatwick is looking to add new routes utilising the existing capacity. Until we exhaust all possible solutions, my position on Gatwick remains the same.