Statement from West Sussex County Council:
"We welcome the fact that a decision on the Government’s preferred location has finally been made.
"We know that today’s announcement will be welcomed by many of our communities who were concerned about the noise and environmental consequences of a second runway at Gatwick.
"However, our role as a County Council now is to ensure that we work with the Government, Gatwick Airport Limited and our local businesses to mitigate any negative impact of this decision on our county, especially in terms of our economy and any impact on jobs and skills.
"We will also continue to focus our efforts on making the case at a national level for significant investment into our West Sussex infrastructure, which remains very much needed regardless of this decision."