ALMOST six in ten Croydon residents support plans to expand Gatwick Airport with a second runway, an opinion poll has revealed.
When given a straight choice of building a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow, 58 per cent of Croydon residents asked in the YouGov poll opted for the West Sussex airport.
Three in five Croydon residents (60 per cent) also said that the advantages of expanding Gatwick outweighed the disadvantages for 'me and my family', compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said: "These results represent the widespread view of people from across our local communities and we are encouraged by their support for our expansion plans.
"We are not complacent however and we recognise that our plans would have an impact on many residents.
"We are determined to do everything we can to minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for local people. After listening carefully to what local people told us during the public consultation, we designed a £250 million package of pledges designed to tackle many of the concerns that were raised."