[BBC News] Gatwick Airport bosses are to begin work on detailed plans for a second runway which would double annual capacity to 70 million passengers.

Gatwick Airport to submit runway options.

Gatwick Airport to submit runway options. Photo: Wikipedia

The West Sussex airport’s owners say they will scrutinise the options to develop the site up to 2020 and beyond.

The plans will now be put to an independent aviation commission led by former Financial Services Authority boss Sir Howard Davies.

Campaigners fear expansion will raise noise levels and harm the environment.

Gatwick said no runway would be built before 2019 under a legal agreement signed in 1979.

Its bosses believe additional “capacity and flexibility” would help ensure London’s airports provide south-east England with the connectivity needed.

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said it could be “affordable and practical” and a better option than new runways at Heathrow or Stansted airports.

“Over the last three years we have transformed the airport, invested around £650m and have a strong track record for delivering key routes to growth markets,” he said.

“However, we must now look to the future when Gatwick will become full and outline its long-term role in ensuring London has an efficient and resilient airport system that creates the crucial connectivity London and the UK needs.”

The plans sent to Sir Howard Davies’s commission, which will report back in 2015, include evaluations of environmental and economic impacts.

Gatwick said its “masterplan” for the airport contained a “scenario” for a new runway. The plans were put to public consultation for 18 weeks, which ended in January, it said.

Gatwick serves 197 destinations and currently handles about 34 million passengers a year……

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BBC News
17th October, 2012

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