Gatwick publishes Master Plan

Fast forward eight years and we could see a very different Gatwick Airport than we see today; an airport that handles 40 million passengers a year and employs more than 42,000 people (directly and indirectly). And all that growth achieved using just one runway!

The future of Gatwick and its vision for growth is all set out in its master plan which was published last week.

The airport, which remains committed to honouring the agreement that prohibits the building of any second runway before 2019, believes that 40 million passengers by the early 2020s is achievable and that the airport could handle 45 million passengers by 2030.

The key points of the master plan are based on the draft plan, which went out to public consultation last October, are:

  • Today Gatwick handles around 34 million passengers a year
  • It contributes around £2 billion to the economy
  • Gatwick provides employment for 21,000 people on-airport and a further 20,000 jobs indirectly
  • Since change of ownership, Gatwick has invested £1.2 billion in the airport
  • Gatwick has proposals to invest a further £1 billion in the airport from 2014
  • No current plans for an extra runway
  • The airport can achieve 40 million passengers a year by 2021/22 creating an extra 1,200 on-airport jobs and contributing around £2.1 billion to the regional economy each year
  • Maximum capacity at Gatwick is around 45 million passengers a year which could be achieved by 2030

Commenting on the finalised master plan, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive, Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick plays an important role in supporting growth in the local and wider UK economy. We are responsible for providing jobs to 21,000 people today and enabling the tourism industry to flourish and businesses to prosper. Our finalised master plan sets out how we will achieve sustainable growth on our single runway in order that we can continue to support economic recovery and growth and open up further routes to emerging economies.

“We remain committed to honouring the 2019 agreement which prohibits the building of any second runway before that time. At the same time, and like any other business, our plans need to cater for all eventualities. We need to anticipate that, in the long term, a second runway at Gatwick may be needed. This means we will continue to work in partnership with our local authorities to safeguard land for future expansion because we believe it to be sensible business practice and it supports current Government policy.”

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