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Should Gatwick become London's hub?

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If we are planning for the next 30 years, as we need to be, then south-east England will require a 4 runway hub airport. Having a split hub between two airports is inefficient and therefore an unattractive proposition for the airlines; they will take their hub operations elsewhere. The options are therefore to progressively expand Heathrow up to 4 runways or to relocate the hub to a location where 4 runways can be more comfortably accommodated. Gatwick is not the answer. The Foster/Halcrow Thames Estuary proposal is also not ideal since the site is constrained by shipping channels so the runway separation is insufficient to allow independent runway operation. The options are limited but I believe there is an alternative that is deliverable. 3D Reid and Beckett Rankine will be launching a detailed scheme proposal in June.

Posted date

18 May, 2012

Posted time

6:18 pm

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