Gatwick to expand with a new runway?

But I thought they weren’t allowed to?  I hear many of you cry… and you’d be right, for now.  Yes, the BAA did sign an agreement with West Sussex County Council in 1979 that prevented them from building a second runway… before 2019 that is.  But with just seven years to go until that agreement is over, Gatwick Airport are starting to explore their options when it comes to a new runway.

In July, Gatwick announced their Masterplan incorporating their vision for the future of the airport up to the year 2020.  In addition to this Masterplan, they are now exploring the details, issues and ensuing implications that come with building a new runway.  Various options will be investigated including key requirements involving surface access, the environmental and economic impacts, as well as the noise and air quality impact on the local communities surrounding the airport.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive at Gatwick Airport Ltd, commented, “I believe a new runway at Gatwick could be affordable, practical and give passengers a greater choice of routes to key markets.  We have the space, capability and access to financial resources.”  He also added, which no doubt will add ‘fuel to the fire’ in terms of expanding Heathrow or building a new Thames Estuary airport, “There are clear, practical advantages of a new runway at Gatwick.  When compared with a third runway at Heathrow, we would have a significantly lower environmental impact whilst adding significantly more capacity.  Stansted is half empty today, we already have much better surface transport links and feel our business case will be much stronger.  As for the Estuary airport concepts, there are major questions on affordability, environmental issues and whether they are deliverable.”

It is interesting to note that Gatwick, despite the agreement with West Sussex County Council, continued to safeguard the land on which a new runway could be built, and Wingate’s comments regarding the potential expansion of Heathrow or a new Thames Estuary airport certainly sound distinctly logical and plausible.  His words also rather takes the wind out of Boris Johnson’s recent words, an advocate of the Estuary airport and his perhaps untimely comments about possibly taking legal action against the Government/David Cameron with a view to speed up the London airport expansion review and bring forward the government-commissioned study, which is due after the election in 2015… and adds to Gatwick’s claims that a new runway at their airport is more beneficial, heightening yet further to almost unmentionable levels the fierce debate over airport expansion in Britain.

Whatever happens and whatever decision is finally agreed upon, which is a few years away yet, it’s not going to stop people passing through our airports, be it for business or pleasure.  Business trips will still be taken; holidays will still be booked, and travel to and from airports, as well as for connecting flights will still be needed.  At Heathrow Gatwick Transfers, whilst we watch with interest the developments regarding airport expansion, we’d rather concentrate on the here and now, making sure that we provide the best in airport transfers that we possibly can.  Our comfortable, well-maintained, spacious cars are able to accommodate three to eight passengers, with hand and check-in luggage, whilst our highly experienced and knowledgeable chauffeurs are there to ensure that you reach your destination relaxed and in plenty of time.  We also offer a FREE Meet and Greet service at the airport, plus FREE waiting time should your flight be delayed, a FREE baby seat for young children, and we don’t charge for bookings made by card.

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Gatwick to expand with a new runway?

Gatwick Airport News
/ Heathrow Gatwick Transfers Inc
LONDON | December 13, 2012

In July, Gatwick announced their Masterplan incorporating their vision for the future of the airport up to the year 2020. In addition to this Masterplan, they are now exploring the details, issues and ensuing implications that come with building a new runway. Various options will be investigated including key requirements involving surface access, the environmental and economic impacts, as well as the noise and air quality impact on the local communities surrounding the airport.

Jay Yila