Here is a statement that was made in the House of Commons on the 15th March, which was commenced by Henry Smith, the MP for Crawley and which was endorsed by Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport. Henry Smith inevitably often speaks about Gatwick Airport in the House of Commons. For example he last mentioned it on the 2nd November when he stated “My constituency contains Gatwick airport and, by many measures, has been one of the most negatively affected by the covid-19 pandemic”. However tomorrow morning is a very significant day for the setting as we can read here.
Henry: May I express my gratitude to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for removing all covid-19 international travel restrictions for those coming into the United Kingdom? Will he join me in welcoming the reopening of the south terminal at Gatwick airport on 27 March and the thousands of job vacancies now available and needing to be filled as we recover our industry and our economy?
Grant: I do not think it is too much of an exaggeration to say that virtually nobody in the House has done more than my hon. Friend to promote the case of the hard-pressed aviation sector during the last two years of the crisis. It is great news that Gatwick’s south terminal will reopen on 27 March; I very much hope to be there for that. I know that he shares my enthusiasm for all the work that carried on during the crisis to aim for jet zero, to help clean up the aviation sector and ensure that, by 2050, we have not only a booming British aviation sector but a cleaner one.