Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO: Gatwick would rival Heathrow with second runway

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick
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Gatwick's second runway is now being discussed

Is the second Gatwick runway now in planning ! Photo: PA

A second runway at Gatwick would hit fewer people than expanding Heathrow, the Sussex airport’s boss has said.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick, also dismissed the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow as “unlikely” as he vowed to march onto the west London airport’s “turf” by opening up new routes to the Far East and other emerging economies.

Under an agreement with the local community, a second runway could not be built before 2019.

In an interview with The Standard, he was very sceptical about the idea of a Heath-Wick “virtual hub” airport, by joining up Gatwick and Heathrow with a fast rail link, stressing that it would be expected to cost billions.

The proposals for a “Boris island” airport in the Thames Estuary faced economic, safety and access challenges, he added.

Mr Wingate, a former managing director at Stansted, emphasised that Gatwick could expand until the mid-2020s with the use of the existing runway and currently has plans for 45 million passengers a year.

Under an agreement with the local community, a second runway could not be built before 2019……

Full article at The Evening Standard here……


Nicholas Cecil
Evening Standard
28 March 2012


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