Gatwick to launch second runway consultation

Gatwick Airport is launching a six-week public consultation on its options for a second runway.

The consultation will provide more information about the airport’s proposals for the extra runway – should permission be given – and invites feedback on the options to assist the airport in refining its final proposal

The airport has three proposals for a new 3.4km-long runway:

  • Option 1 would see the second runway sited 585m south of the existing runway and the North Terminal expanded to cater for the expected passenger growth the new runway would bring. In the first option, one runway would be used for take offs, and one for landings. This option would offer the least amount of potential growth in passenger numbers.
  • Option 2 would see the second runway situated 1,045m south of the existing runway with a new terminal building built between the two runways to handled passenger growth. One runway would be used for take offs, and one for landings. Flight operations on each runway would be separate to each other. This second option would give the airport the potential to handle more passengers than option 1.
  • Option 3, which would give the airport the greatest possible growth, would see the runway sited in the same position as option 2, 1,045m south of the existing runway, with a new terminal building built between the two runways. The increased capacity would be down to mixed mode operations – both runways would handle take offs and landings and operate independently from one another.

A number of exhibition days have been organized to allow the public to see the proposals. The first of these is on Saturday, 5 April, from 11am – 3.30pm at The Hawth in Crawley, RH10 6YZ.

For more information and to see a full list of exhibition dates check out Gatwick’s newsletter

The public consultation runs from 4 April until 16 May 2014.

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