Gatwick’s “world class airport” images revealed

With just two days until the Airport Commission reveals it recommendation for a second runway in the southeast, Gatwick Airport has released images of its Gatwick Expansion plans.

Gatwick’s plans are ambitious, as their architect planner, Sir Terry Farrell, points out, “Our proposals for Gatwick are not just for another runway, but an entirely new world class airport for London and the UK. Heathrow cannot deliver that.

“Our vision for Gatwick is that it becomes the world’s most efficient two runway airport – flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of passengers and airlines.”

The Airport Commission will announce their recommendation on Wednesday, 1 July, .

If Gatwick gets the nod – and the Government follows the recommendation – Gatwick is promising to eliminate queues with self-service bag drops and electronic security, enabling passengers to reach their boarding gates just 30 minutes after arriving at the airport. Connecting flight times at Gatwick will be just 30 minutes – from the same terminal – and 45 minutes if passengers have to switch terminals.

Gatwick is confident that the design of its airfield aprons will enable it to match the world’s quickest aircraft turnaround times – short aircraft taxiing times will reduce push back to take off times to just seven minutes, compared to 45 minutes at a three-runway Heathrow.

Gatwick Airport claims it plans for a second runway are simpler, cheaper, faster and quieter than Heathrow’s. Only time will tell which airport wins the battle for the next runway. Who’s your money on?

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