ANDREW HAINES, CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority since 2009, has an extensive background in railway management. He compared and contrasted the two industries in an address to the Railway Study Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Inadequate: an Easyjet Airbus A319-111 crosses the Brighton main line as it comes in to land at Gatwick on 28 July 2015. Andrew Haines believes Gatwick’s station is the weakest link in UK aviation infrastructure. Paul Bigland

Aviation is really big business, adding around £39 billion in value to the British economy annually, compared with £10 billion by rail. Similarly, aviation employs 691,000 people in the UK, more than three times the 216,000 in the railway industry. This is reflected in taxation payments to HM Treasury, totalling £15 billion from air, in comparison with £4 billion from rail.

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