Gatwick adverts banned by ASA for ‘misleading public’
12 August 2015
From the section England
The Gatwick adverts have now been banned
Misleading adverts produced by Gatwick Airport about the noise from a new Heathrow runway have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
The authority upheld two complaints about the posters, which compared the number of people affected by a new runway being built at Heathrow or Gatwick.
It said the basis for the airport’s comparisons was unclear.
Gatwick said it disagreed with the decision and may appeal.
It claimed the figures came from the Airports Commission, but added it would take on board the ASA’s suggestions if it were to use them in a different advert.
At the time the adverts were published, the Airports Commission was consulting on three shortlisted options for additional runway capacity in the south east of England.
Gatwick’s adverts stated that “320,000 additional people will be affected by noise from a new runway at Heathrow. Compared to 18,000 at Gatwick”.
Source:: BBC world news feed