15 FEBRUARY 2010
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GATWICK’S new owners appear to have ruled out plans to build a second runway. At a meeting with conservationists, Gatwick Chairman Sir David Rowlands said there was “not a shred of interest” in a second runway. Rowlands met with members of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) to talk about future plans for the airport under its new owner, US-based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners. Back in 1979 an agreement was reached with West Sussex County Council not to build a second runway before 2019. Sir David noted that it would cost £100m to £200m on a planning application with an uncertain decision. In October 2009, then owner BAA submitted planning applications for Gatwick to handle an extra six million passengers annually by 2018 and for an extension to the North Terminal. The local planning authority decision to approve these plans was upheld in November 2009 by the Government. www.gatwickairport.com
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