According to the Department for Transport, London airports will be full by 2030 and our own forecast shows Gatwick will be full by the mid-2020s. We have the space, capability and financial resources to build a new runway that would deliver the needed capacity
We’ve put together a detailed proposal exploring options for additional capacity at the airport, while remaining committed to the 1979 legal agreement with our local communities for no runway to be built before 2019.
Our proposal has been submitted to the Airports Commission, the independent body set up by the government to investigate London and UK’s future airport capacity needs, chaired by Sir Howard Davies. The Airports Commission is examining the need for additional UK airport capacity and will make a recommendation to government on how this can be met in the short, medium and long term.
You can view Gatwick's full submission here.
For more information about Gatwick’s vision go to http://gatwickbettersolution.tumblr.com/ or download our at a glance brochure to see why expanding London Gatwick is the best solution for the UK.
Runway shortlist published
The Airports Commission published its Interim Report on 17 December 2013. This included the shortlist of three schemes for future runway capacity in the UK. The options shortlisted by the Commission are:
- A second runway at Gatwick, to the south of the existing runway
- A third runway constructed to the north west of Heathrow – as proposed by Heathrow Airport Ltd
- An independent proposal for extension of Heathrow’s existing northern runway to enable the runway to be operated as two separated runways – as proposed by Heathrow Hub Ltd
Section 6.74 of the Airports Commission’s December 2013 Interim Report states:
Gatwick Airport Ltd … has identified three options … The Commission’s assessment has focused on the last – a runway over 3,000m in length spaced sufficiently south of the existing runway (at least 1,035m) to permit fully independent operation. This offers the greatest increase in capacity while still having relatively low environmental and noise impacts compared with some other potential sites. The Commission will, however, keep this under review as it takes forward more detailed development and appraisal.
Airports Commission Interim Report, 17 December 2013
Public consultation announced
We will be launching a public consultation on all three of our runway options this spring. Dates and information on how you can get involved will be announced very soon.
The next stage of the Airports Commission’s process is for each of the scheme promoters to submit detailed information on their shortlisted scheme by 9 May 2014. The Airports Commission will then assess these schemes using an appraisal framework (the draft framework is currently out to consultation until 28 February). They will then hold a public consultation in the autumn, before publishing a final recommendation to Government in summer 2015.
We believe that it is essential for local people and stakeholders in the wider community to have the opportunity to comment on our runway options before we submit our final proposals to the Airports Commission. That is why we plan to launch a public consultation in early April, to share details of all three of our runway options and gather feedback from as many people as possible. We will consider all of the responses we receive during the consultation and we will use these to provide the Airports Commission with additional and updated information to be used as part of its ongoing assessments.
So why should we build a new runway at Gatwick?
We're better for the environment
A new runway at Gatwick would have far lower environmental impact than most of the other options.
- Noise affects 256,000 households around Heathrow today. A second runway at Gatwick would impact around 5% of this number - up to 13,800 households. Heathrow already exceeds the noise impact of all other EU hub airports combined even without a third runway.
- A two runway Gatwick would meet legal air quality standards which Heathrow breaches todayWe believe that expansion at Gatwick will meet London and the UK’s connectivity needs for a generation, boost choice and enhance competition.
We're better for the economy
Expansion at Gatwick would provide the economic benefits we need more quickly than any other option. It is also deliverable. There would be no need to build across the M25, relocate reservoirs or close Heathrow Airport.
- A second runway could be completed by 2025 - years before other options - giving business certainty and the country the connections to established and emerging markets it needs.
- It can be delivered at a cost of £5-9 billion with private funding - a fraction of the cost of the Heathrow and Estuary options. As well as widespread business backing, it has support in principle from its home council - West Sussex - and other neighbouring councils. No other option has this level of local support.
We're better for the future
Gatwick is the only London airport that can cater for legacy, charter and low costs carriers - the fastest growing sector in the market.
- Expanding Gatwick means London can meet all the short and long haul destination needs of the future, at an affordable cost.
- Heathrow already has some of the highest passenger charges of any airport in the world. As a result it rules itself out of catering for the largest aviation growth market of the 2020s and 2030s – short haul, affordable travel.
We're better for passengers
Spreading capacity around London rather than concentrating it in a Mega Hub means passengers win.
- It guarantees competitive lower fares rather than reinstating a monopoly and high fares forever.
- It is the option that best serves the needs of all passengers - both business and leisure - giving them greater choice of airlines and destinations. It also means that London’s airports are better able to deal with disruption
We're better for London and the UK
Two major international gateways would better serve the needs of London and the UK.
- Expansion at Gatwick would spread the economic benefits more widely around the region.
- It would mean more people would have to travel less distance to take off. It would also prevent disruption and traffic gridlock around London that would inevitably come with one Mega Hub.
Our evidence shows clearly that an additional runway at Gatwick would best serve the needs of all passengers, and give certainty to airlines, communities and businesses. It would deliver the connectivity the UK needs with lower environmental impacts, whilst spreading the economic benefits.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer
Industry panel debate
Along with other industry experts, Stewart Wingate joined a panel debate hosted by The Spectator which focussed on issues around the hub airport operating model, rail connectivity, environmental concerns and the future of UK travel.
Listen to the podcast now
Documents and other information
Our supporting evidence for a second runway at Gatwick includes documents, papers and responses which are published below:
The case for Heathrow: A reality check - 10 December 2013
Response to the Aviation Noise Discussion Paper - 06 September 2013
Proposals for providing additional runway capacity in the longer term - 23 July 2013
Appendices relating to the above proposals document - 23 July 2013
Presentation to GATCOM - 23 July 2013
InterVISTAS Assessing Connectivity report - 17 July 2013
Response to paper 4 on airport operational models - 11 July 2013
Aviation and climate change paper - 16 May 2013
Short and medium term options paper - 16 May 2013
Aviation connectivity and the economy paper - 18 April 2013
Proposed sifting criteria submission - 15 March 2013
Demand forecast paper - 15 March 2013
Letter of intent from Stewart Wingate to Sir Howard Davies - 28 February 2013
Gatwick Airport to submit connectivity and capacity options to the Airports Commission - 28 February 2013
New deal for London Gatwick is better for passsengers and airlines - 17 October 2012