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Gatwick unveils second runway plans

[ July 24, 2013   //   ]

Gatwick, the world’s busiest single-runway airport, has unveiled plans to build a second in its final submission to the Davies Commission. Chief executive Stewart Wingate said the plan was for the second runway to be positioned south of the existing runway. The airport does in fact already does have a second runway but as it is close to the main runway, it is not normally used except in emergency or by special arrangement.

While concerns over airport expansion have long held back development of the airport – and under an agreement dating back to 1979, a second runway cannot be built until 2019 – Wingate said that the plans had widespread support from the local business community and councils. He added that the plan would cost between £5bn and £9bn and the second runway could be open by 2025.