Gatwick Airport speaks out on taxes row

Gatwick Airport speaks out on taxes rowGatwick Airport has added its voice to the discussion over airport taxes.

The travel hub said that the opinion of regional airports that passengers using London travel hubs should pay increased taxes was "nonsense".

According to Gatwick Airport: "The regional airports are urging the government to impose yet another tax on hardworking families living in London and the south east, who are just as hard hit as those living in the regions."

The travel hub also said that it was "disingenuous" to label this tax a charge on congestion as Gatwick Airport is not over-crowded.

Indeed, the facility said that it dealt with about 32 million travellers last year and believes that this figure could rise to 40 million by the close of the decade.

Gatwick Airport is already performing well, with its March 2011 traffic performance summary showing that passenger numbers rose by 1.4 per cent.

In March of this year, an extra 32,300 travellers used the facility compared to the same month of 2010.

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