The battle of the London airports is heating up. Although the Airport Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, is not due to give its final recommendation until after the 2015 general election, the two big contenders locked horns last month over their consultation processes and noise impacts.
At this stage, Heathrow has the loudest voice, and perhaps the most business support, but Gatwick provides a real, and under-appreciated, challenge. As more evidence is produced, the underdog may yet win the prize. Either way, the competition between them will sharpen the debate and likely result in a better outcome.