Gatwick bosses begin planning new runway

Gatwick bosses are beginning detailed work on the option for a new runway at the airport.

But the plans will honour a 1979 legal agreement that no runway can be built at the West Sussex airport before 2019.

The options will be submitted to the Government-appointed aviation commission led by former Financial Services Authority (FSA) chief Sir Howard Davies which will make its full report in summer 2015.

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said a new runway at Gatwick "could be affordable and practical" and was a better option than new runways at Heathrow or Stansted airports.

The work on a new runway at Gatwick, which serves 197 destinations and handles around 34 million passengers a year, will evaluate various runway options and assess key requirements, including environmental, surface access and economic impacts.

Relevant environmental issues will include noise and air quality impacts on local communities.

Gatwick chiefs believe that the additional capacity, flexibility and resilience that could be provided by a new runway at Gatwick will help to ensure that London's airports provide south-east England and the UK with the connectivity needed.

The bosses said that at least for the rest of this decade, London's airports will be relying on their existing physical capacity.

Gatwick's work, and subsequent submission to the Davies Commission, will include a detailed evaluation of how Gatwick's existing single runway capacity can be maximised to contribute to the short-term capacity needs for London and the UK.

Mr Wingate said: "Over the last three years we have transformed the airport, invested around GBP650 million and have a strong track record for delivering key routes to growth markets.

"However, we must now look to the future when Gatwick will become full and outline its long-term role in ensuring London has an efficient and resilient airport system that creates the crucial connectivity London and the UK needs."

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:23pm Wed 17 Oct 12

spencer1973 says...

Bring it on...The sooner the better. Sussex is blessed to have London Gatwick within its boundaries.

Jobs, investment and good connections. Sure the NIMBY's will 'witter on' about noise and some wildlife habitat destruction,a few badgers will lose thier dens and some wood pigeons will have to roost on another tree, but its about time the VAST majority were heard, 2ND RUNWAY NOW, NOT 2019 !

PS - Only those who never fly and have never flown have the moral right to object to LGW Expansion
Bring it on...The sooner the better. Sussex is blessed to have London Gatwick within its boundaries. Jobs, investment and good connections. Sure the NIMBY's will 'witter on' about noise and some wildlife habitat destruction,a few badgers will lose thier dens and some wood pigeons will have to roost on another tree, but its about time the VAST majority were heard, 2ND RUNWAY NOW, NOT 2019 ! PS - Only those who never fly and have never flown have the moral right to object to LGW Expansion spencer1973

12:28pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Crystal Ball says...

Why not completely concrete over Crawley and have the runway there?
Why not completely concrete over Crawley and have the runway there? Crystal Ball

12:40pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Goldenwight says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Why not completely concrete over Crawley and have the runway there?
Dunno about the runway, but concreting over Crawley gets my vote.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Why not completely concrete over Crawley and have the runway there?[/p][/quote]Dunno about the runway, but concreting over Crawley gets my vote. Goldenwight

12:57pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Terry K says...

And while your about it, build a fast direct non stopping train to Heathrow from Gatwick, now that would be cool.
And while your about it, build a fast direct non stopping train to Heathrow from Gatwick, now that would be cool. Terry K

1:09pm Wed 17 Oct 12

toldsloth says...

Terry K wrote:
And while your about it, build a fast direct non stopping train to Heathrow from Gatwick, now that would be cool.
Don't be silly - that would require joined up thinking and common sense - far better to waste billions on the new High Speed line that nobody will use........
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: And while your about it, build a fast direct non stopping train to Heathrow from Gatwick, now that would be cool.[/p][/quote]Don't be silly - that would require joined up thinking and common sense - far better to waste billions on the new High Speed line that nobody will use........ toldsloth

3:42pm Wed 17 Oct 12

rolivan says...

Would I be right in thinking that the South East provides the Government with most of its revenue and yet amongst other things when it comes to Transport Facilities get the short straw.
Would I be right in thinking that the South East provides the Government with most of its revenue and yet amongst other things when it comes to Transport Facilities get the short straw. rolivan

6:15pm Wed 17 Oct 12

John Steed says...

having been in and out of Hong Kongs massive new airport, built in a very short time, on a massive manmade extension to an island, may be we should just contract out the job to the chinese, they could build the new "Boris Island" in next to no time.
If we in the UK prevaricate much longer we wont need the runways, the through trade will have gone to the continent like shipping did in the sixties. look at europort these days
oh and when munich moved airports some years ago it shut the old one to flights friday evening and opened the new one monday 6am in between every thing was moved. everyone else seems to deal with moderniseation and expansion why dont we.
having been in and out of Hong Kongs massive new airport, built in a very short time, on a massive manmade extension to an island, may be we should just contract out the job to the chinese, they could build the new "Boris Island" in next to no time. If we in the UK prevaricate much longer we wont need the runways, the through trade will have gone to the continent like shipping did in the sixties. look at europort these days oh and when munich moved airports some years ago it shut the old one to flights friday evening and opened the new one monday 6am in between every thing was moved. everyone else seems to deal with moderniseation and expansion why dont we. John Steed

8:42pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Dave At Home says...

O dear Stewart Wingate has not been around here long then!!! the ONLY way Gatwick can expand its runway is to extend it towards the M23, especially as they own all the land to the motorway, if any other way is considered it will be a waste of money because Russhill cannot be moved or dug out... well that should narrow down the options now....
O dear Stewart Wingate has not been around here long then!!! the ONLY way Gatwick can expand its runway is to extend it towards the M23, especially as they own all the land to the motorway, if any other way is considered it will be a waste of money because Russhill cannot be moved or dug out... well that should narrow down the options now.... Dave At Home

11:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Yes bring it on. The UK is one of the worlds key travel hubs and must be expanded because we are losing other industries hand over fist and if key cities in the south such as Brighton continue to fail to raise its trade and employment game, gatwick has to be relied upon to generate business in the region.
Yes bring it on. The UK is one of the worlds key travel hubs and must be expanded because we are losing other industries hand over fist and if key cities in the south such as Brighton continue to fail to raise its trade and employment game, gatwick has to be relied upon to generate business in the region. Maxwell's Ghost

11:18am Fri 19 Oct 12

mnairb says...

Gatwick already has a second runway, running parallel to the main, which is used normally as a taxiway but as a runway when the other is closed for maintenance. It should not take a gigantic effort to make this into a proper fulltime runway.

I agree with the others - Gatwick should have had a second runway years ago. The airport has excellent communication links with the capital and is altogether a better (happier & more efficient) place to fly into than Heathrow.
Gatwick already has a second runway, running parallel to the main, which is used normally as a taxiway but as a runway when the other is closed for maintenance. It should not take a gigantic effort to make this into a proper fulltime runway. I agree with the others - Gatwick should have had a second runway years ago. The airport has excellent communication links with the capital and is altogether a better (happier & more efficient) place to fly into than Heathrow. mnairb

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree