Decision on Gatwick Airport expansion is imminent

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

The Airports Commission will announce next week whether Gatwick Airport is on the shortlist for expansion.

Gatwick has submitted its case for a second runway and on Tuesday (December 17) the commission will reveal whether it has been chosen.

Other cases it is up against are expansion at Heathrow and a new airport in the Thames estuary.

Gatwick’s proposals for a runway to the south of the existing one has won support from the business community in Crawley and the surrounding area.

West Sussex County Council has said it supports a second runway in principle and Crawley Borough Council has delayed giving its opinion until more detail is available.

This week Gatwick Airport fought back at claims by Heathrow Airport that Heathrow is the only place where the county’s airport capacity can be met.

It has submitted a 24-page submission to the Airports Commission directly responding to Heathrow issuing several documents in recent months attacking Gatwick’s case for expansion.

London Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick’s case for a second runway is compelling. Compared to Heathrow we are cheaper, quicker, have a significantly lower environmental impact and we are the most deliverable solution.”

If Gatwick Airport is shortlisted, directors will carry out more in depth studies on how expansion will affect the surrounding area including the impact on business, the environment, housing and infrastructure.