30 AUGUST 2021
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The south London airport has announced plans to bring its existing northern runway into routine use – to secure its long-term growth, 18,400 new jobs and a boost to the local economy.
A 12-week public consultation will run from 9 September to 1 December.
The proposal will allow this second runway, currently used for emergency operations, to be brought into routine use by departing aircraft. The centre line would be moved north by 12 metres.
Dual runway operations will be practical whilst meeting all international safety standards.
The plans would add resilience to Gatwick’s operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75m passengers per annum by 2038. Other elements of the proposals include improved airport access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.
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