Gatwick plans for the future

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Today, Gatwick Airport launches a public consultation for the next twelve weeks on a proposal to bring its existing northern runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

The Gatwick proposal. Image – Gatwick Airport Ltd

The airport says it will help secure its long-term growth and will create about 18,400 additional jobs by 2038.

The proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern Runway to be brought into everyday use for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres, thus allowing dual runway operations.

It would also allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per year by 2038.

Seventeen years from now may seem a long way and who knows what the demand for airline travel might be or what sort of planes might be flying then but in terms of airport planning it isn’t a long time.

You could argue that the pandemic might have deterred flying and that climate change would alter our attitudes to carbon footprints but planners have to be prepared in case flight habits return and then grow well past those pre-pandemic levels.

Given planning controls and the almost guaranteed community objections, Gatwick is preparing itself for what it hopes will be a return to leisure flying.

The announcement by British Airways that it is examining a return to the airport it left a few years ago might also bring back business flying.

But whether business flying returns to pre-Zoom levels is something that must be open to question at the moment. Mars, the confectionary/pet foods/food processing company has already said that it plans to halve business travel cutting business flights by 145,000 per year. Just this one company’s decision means the equivalent of about 72 flights a year.

But by these changes Gatwick will be prepared if boom times come. If they don’t then they haven’ wasted billions and annoyed residents by building new runways and vastly expanding the airport.

You can read the proposals by either clicking here or going to

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