Date of statement: 5 May 2020
Leader of West Sussex County Council, Paul Marshall, said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear of the further job losses at Gatwick. The airport and the surrounding area are a vital cornerstone of the West Sussex economy and this is absolutely devastating news for Gatwick, the region and the wider aviation and travel sector.
“We, together with partners, intend to write to government to call for them to tailor their recovery plans to reflect the sectors and places which have been hardest hit by the lockdown, such as aviation and travel and, in particular, Crawley and the wider Gatwick Diamond region.
“My thoughts go to all those people affected by this announcement. We are working with local businesses to support those who have been affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, especially those local residents who have lost their jobs.”