Grow Gatwick | Gatwick Airport

Economy

Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport, making a significant contribution to the national and regional economy.

Our plan 

By bringing our existing Northern Runway into routine use, we can unlock extra capacity at the airport. At present this runway is used for aircraft to taxi to their gate, or when the Main Runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies. Bringing it into routine use will help increase our global connections and create new business opportunities. 

Five ways we’re contributing to the economy

  1. In 2017, an estimated £7.5 billion of international goods were transported through Gatwick between UK and overseas markets. Over two-thirds of this trade value was made up of exports from the UK.
  2. Gatwick airport is the single biggest driver of economic growth in the local area, accounting for £2.7 billion of economic activity.
  3. Businesses in the Gatwick Diamond region (which stretches from London to Brighton, and Horsham to East Grinstead) are 1.5 times more likely to export than the national average, while productivity in the local area is 11% above the national average.
  4. Gatwick’s rapid growth in long-haul connectivity is opening up opportunities for further trade, with new routes to established markets in the US, China and Middle East and high-growth global economies in South America and Asia.
  5. Our plans for expansion are forecast to create thousands more jobs at the airport and across the UK

Gatwick plays a vital role in supporting local, national and international trade. Through sustainable growth we can continue to boost the economy, both locally and nationwide. 

Read more about how we're supporting the economy

How will the Northern Runway plans be delivered?

To bring the Northern Runway into routine use, its centre line will be repositioned by 12 metres to enable dual runway operations with the Main Runway and to meet all international safety standards. 

There will also be improvements to airfield facilities and extensions to the airport terminals which will sit alongside other passenger improvement works across the airport such as the redevelopment of the train station. All Northern Runway works will be privately financed and will be delivered whilst minimising the impact on existing airport operations. 

Read more about our Northern Runway plans and the process we’re following