Our Future Plans

We're looking forward to bringing our existing Northern Runway into routine use

We're confident about our recovery

We're looking forward - as we set out our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into routine use.

We propose to use our Northern Runway in dual operations with our Main Runway. Our plans meet all global safety standards.

Our plans would reduce delays, bring new global connections and allow us to grow. We could serve 75 million passengers a year by 2038. Other elements of the proposals include improved airport and highway access. Plus, more landscaping and green planting.

Our plans are a low impact way to unlock new capacity by using what we already have. We will also secure our long term growth, generate 18,400 extra jobs and £1.5 billion for the local area and region by 2038.

Our Northern runway is used for emergencies. Using it alongside our main runway will deliver benefits to the region.While current traffic is low due to COVID-19, we are confident about our recovery. We're taking our proposal forward now; due to the time it will take to gain the necessary approvals. We've also factored in the time it will take to construct and start operations.

We've begun a twelve week public consultation on our plans. Find out more about our plans and have your say until 23:59pm on 1 December.
 

We're looking forward

to boosting the local economy

We will generate an extra £1.5 billion for the local area and region

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to supporting our local community

We will support 200 community project receiving grants

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to doing it responsibly

We will reach net zero direct carbon emissions by 2040

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Let's look forward, together

We have come a long way since we began life in the 1930s. We continue to transform to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. We can do this by making better use of our existing runways. But we can't do this without you.
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How we'll deliver our Northern Runway plans

At its simplest, we propose to move the centre line of the Northern Runway further north by 12 metres. This meets global safety standards to operate dual runway departures.
 
We propose using both runways for departing flights on existing flight paths. All arriving flights will continue to use the Main Runway.
 
These plans are a long-term investment in our future. The planning process takes several years, as will the time to make changes to the runway. It's our vision of Gatwick in 2030.

Our Northern Runway would be used for smaller departing aircraft alongside our main runway

Find out more about our plans and have your say until 23:59pm on 1 December.

Take part in our consultation Have your say until 1 December

Have your say on our future plans

Economy

£1.5 billion for the local area and region

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Community

200 grants for local projects

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Environment

Net zero direct emissions by 2040

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Exhibition

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Launch exhibition

Consultation

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Let's look forward, together

We can do this by making better use of our existing runways. But we can't do this without you.
Have your say in our consultation

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Our story so far

We’ve come a long way since the 30s. Read more about our key milestones. From private aerodrome, to the busiest single-runway airport in the world.

Read more about our story

OUR STATION UPGRADE

Work is underway to deliver an upgrade to the Gatwick Airport station. This will make it easier to access and improve passenger experience.

Read more on the Station Upgrade project

Our decade of change

We continue to work towards being the UK’s most sustainable airport. There’s still more to do. Our Decade of Change policy takes us to 2030.

Read more on our Decade of Change