Gatwick Airport second runway is pressing head despite the great air travel fall during the pandemic. The proposed scheme costs around £500m which will lead to the airport’s emergency northern runway placed sideways by 12m and redeveloped for routine short-haul use. The development would lead to the dual runway operations with the main runway in the airport and ensuring all international safety standards are met.
The other elements in proposals are upgraded airport access, highway upgrades, and an extra environmental mitigation. The airport operator, implementing the project to public consultation in early September, uttered that the scheme proposals were low impact and in line with Government policy of delivering the best use of existing runways. The Gatwick Airport second runway will be developed in a sustainable way which will lead to achieving the Government’s overall target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Jobs and economy boost.
As the proposed Gatwick Airport second runway plan is highlighted as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the airport aims to apply for a development consent order after consultation is complete. Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of Vinci-controlled Gatwick Airport, uttered: “While we are now getting low passenger and air traffic volumes triggered by the global pandemic, we are sure that Gatwick will not only fully recover to normal passenger levels, but has the potential to continue to grow higher and become one of Europe’s best airports.
“Our devotion to construct the existing Northern Runway into routine use will not only help to offer that growth but will also bring thousands of additional jobs and a important boost to the economy for our local region. “Apart from the economic advantages our Gatwick Airport second runway project will have, we remain dedicated to our sustainability goals, and our Northern Runway plans are set to be a low impact way of opening new capacity from our existing infrastructure of which much is already in place.”