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Gatwick: second runway 'remains on the table'

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Gatwick Airport says its scheme for a second runway “remains on the table” as it unveils its £1.15bn five year investment plan.

The 2017 Capital Investment Programme (CIP) launched yesterday sets out projects including reconfiguring stands to facilitate a changing aircraft mix, building a new hangar in partnership with Boeing and adding a new domestic arrivals facility in South Terminal. There will also be expanded car parks and plans to increase the use of electric vehicles.

Over the next five years £1.15bn will be invested, with £240M planned for 2017/18. It means the total investment in the airport between its change of ownership in 2009 through to 2022 is £2.7bn.

The airport is also still holding out hope of building a second runway, which Bechtel would deliver, if permission was given.

Gatwick’s construction director Raymond Melee said: “These projects will be delivered in a way that will help us realise our ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.

“Regarding future runway expansion, our financeable and deliverable scheme for a second runway remains on the table. We will deliver a new runway for Britain, in addition to or instead of Heathrow, should the government give us its support now or in the future.”




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