[Telegraph] Gatwick Airport will resurrect proposals for a second runway this summer as it ramps up efforts to become London’s main gateway to booming economies in Asia.
Gatwick, which has been owned by Global Infrastructure Partners since 2009, will publish a “master plan” next month setting out what the airport will look like in eight years’ time.
The airport’s bosses will also float two scenarios for how it could develop after 2020 – including the case for a two-runway airport.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Wingate said a second runway at Gatwick or Stansted would be less problematic – and costly – than either a new airport in the Thames Estuary or expansion at Heathrow.
The costs of building “Boris Island” seemed “prohibitively expensive”, he said, while a third Heathrow runway could cost in the region of £10bn-£15bn.
More people would be affected by the noise created by an enlarged Heathrow than at Gatwick or Stansted, the former BAA director added.
“There’s a noise contour which says that in and around Heathrow there’s about a quarter of a million people that live very close to…….
By Nathalie Thomas
9:30PM BST 23 Jun 2012
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