I don’t “laud Gatwick”. Laud means “to praise” and I have simply stated facts on here as a comparison to LHR.
Indeed, in another thread I noted that LGW and LHR are very different operationally, with LGW not experiencing the same capacity issues to the extent LHR does.
But the facts are that LGW has recovered more rapidly than LHR, and I think that might partially be to do with it not being a BAA airport any longer.
Linked below is my source for the £8m; that investment is committed, although you are correct to state that the full realisation in terms of plant on the ground is not yet fully in place, but it is being delivered at present with three plows which were part of that commitment delivered this weekend.
It is still a considerably larger commitment than LHR, which is in turn a much larger more complex airport, where BAA’s Colin Matthews has the gall to state their “may well be” a case for more investment in snow equipment, having reduced spend from £1.5m last year to just £500,000 this year.
The Channel 4 source states very clearly that Gatwick’s £8m investment was “this year”: