Gatwick, Heathrow spar over expansion plans

09/30/2013 | Bloomberg

As both Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London are battling to expand, the CEO at Heathrow has sent the government evidence to challenge Gatwick's bid. The airport listed 20 carriers that have cancelled long-haul routes at Gatwick since 2008. "Gatwick's proposal to prevent Heathrow expanding while adding a new runway at its own airport endangers Britain’s future competitiveness," said Colin Matthews, Heathrow's CEO. "It is a zero-hub solution that will lead to an irreversible decline in Britain's international connections," Matthews added. Gatwick fought back, saying in a statement: "Heathrow is clearly worried about having to compete for the first time in London."

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