Gatwick to bring standby runway into routine use by mid-2020s

( via– Thur, 18th Oct 2018) London, Uk – –

Gatwick has set out plans to bring its standby runway into routine use for departing flights by the mid-2020s.

Britain's second busiest airport said the move would meet all international safety requirements and could be delivered without increasing its noise footprint.

Under its current planning agreement, the standby runway can only be used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies, but the 40-year agreement comes to an end in 2019, Gatwick said.

It said it was exploring the “innovative” scheme as part of its master plan which “sets out how Gatwick can grow and do more for Britain”.

The master plan will be the subject of a 12-week consultation and the airport said it was keen to listen to the views of “local communities and stakeholders”. Local campaigners have already expressed opposition.

Gatwick said the development would help meet future aviation demand and ensure strong connections between Britain and global markets.