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Gatwick Airport hosts FREE family fun day at Aviation Museum

London Gatwick is partnering with the Gatwick Aviation Museum for a second year in a row to host a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the services which operate at the UK’s second largest airport.



The ‘Gatwick Fun’ day event will provide families with a whole host of exciting activities, refreshments and interactive displays, including opportunities to get up close with the vehicles and equipment used on a daily basis by the Gatwick Fire Service, Airfield Operations and Engineering teams.

Sussex Police will also have a large presence at the event and will be exhibiting a number of different sectors across the force such as a police dog unit vehicle and an armoured Land Rover.

Last year 1,200 people attended the event and this year the airport is making entry free for all with a suggested £5 donation for parking to help raise money for Gatwick’s local charity partners: Gatwick TravelCare, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and St Catherine’s Hospice.

Gatwick Fun forms part of the airport’s wider community engagement programme, which focusses on projects that have a lasting, positive impact on large numbers of local people across the region. The airport has sponsored more than 60 events in the past year that promote local health and wellbeing, celebrate diversity, the local environment or promote local business.

The event is taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood on 15 September from 10am to 4pm and no pre-registration is required.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“We are proud to once again be partnering with the Gatwick Aviation Museum to host this exciting event, which promises to be fun for all the family.

“Gatwick Fun really allows us to showcase what it takes to run of one of the world’s busiest airports and our teams look forward to meeting and greeting the local community on the day.”

Gatwick Aviation Museum Manager, Ashley Colella, said:

“The museum is honoured to be able to bring this event back for a second year. It’s a great opportunity and furthers the aims of our charity to showcase the best the local community has to offer.”

Gatwick Airport Commander and Superintendent, Justin Burtenshaw, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Gatwick Fun day. To be able to open policing to the public gives people the opportunity to see how we police the airport and work with partners to keep people travelling through Gatwick safe. The open day will give people an insight into many different aspects of policing from armed policing to dogs.”


Henry Smith MP: Reforming Air Passenger Duty

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about reforming air passenger duty to boost trade.



One way for MPs to raise issues in Westminster is through All-Party Parliamentary Groups. These Groups typically contain members of the Commons and the Lords, and include parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.

I recently established and was elected to chair a new APPG on Air Passenger Duty Reform, which seeks to encourage the UK Government to cut the rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD).

While the Government confirmed at the October 2018 Budget that short-haul APD rates will not rise for the eighth year in a row, keeping costs down for 80 per cent of passengers, there remains more to be done.

With the Band B long-haul rate scheduled to rise by £16 on 1st April 2019, reforming APD will help the UK compete on a level playing field with our European counterparts, boosting tourism, trade, jobs and growth.

The UK APD rate is the highest tax of its kind in the world. It is twice as high as the next highest, Germany. On long-haul flights it currently adds £78 to an economy ticket.

As we leave the European Union and look to forge a new identity for ourselves in the world as a global nation, it is critical we have a tax system that reflects that ambition.

With Gatwick Airport in the Crawley boundary, a significant reduction in the UK’s APD rate would signal to the world that Britain is open for business.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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