Gatwick Airport has announced that it is carrying out detailed work on options for a new runway that it will submit to the Independent Commission on Aviation Connectivity, chaired by Sir Howard Davies.
In a statement, it said its work will be consistent with Gatwick’s commitment to the 1979 legal agreement with West Sussex County Council. That agreement prohibits Gatwick from constructing a new runway before 2019.
Since the change of ownership in 2009, Gatwick has continued to safeguard the land that would be required for a new runway. In July 2012, Gatwick published its new Masterplan which outlined the detailed vision for the airport up to 2020. It also discussed the longer-term options for the airport including a scenario for a new runway.
The work programme will now look in detail at the implications of a new runway and will cover issues that Gatwick anticipates will be relevant to the Commission and the eventual policy decision by the Government on airport expansion.
“I believe a new runway at Gatwick could be affordable, practical and give passengers a greater choice of routes to key markets,” said Gatwick Airport Limited chief executive Stewart Wingate. “A new runway will allow Gatwick to compete and grow, increasing the choice available to passengers today. We have the space, capability and access to financial resources.”