Architect Sir Terry Farrell has released images of how the expanded airport would look, ahead of tomorrow’s long-awaited announcement by the Airports Commission.
The Sir Howard Davies-led Commission will announce its recommendation on Wednesday of where the extra runway for the South East should be located. An expansion of Gatwick Airport is one of three options that has been considered by the Commission to solve air capacity issues in the region - along with two separate proposals for extra landing space at Heathrow.
Sir Terry’s images show an expanded Gatwick with improvements that would eliminate queues, improve passenger transit, and create a more efficient two-runway airport.
Sir Terry said: “Our proposals for Gatwick are not just for another runway, but an entirely new world class airport for London and the UK. Heathrow cannot deliver that.
“Our vision for Gatwick is that it becomes the world’s most efficient two-runway airport – flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of passengers and airlines. With an elegant and simple terminal layout, we have designed a direct and straightforward route from curbside to plane, creating a seamless passenger experience.
“Queues have literally been designed out and the new terminal will be simple and convenient to use with minimal changes of level. The airfield itself will also offer the shortest taxiing distances possible with the new apron sitting between, and in close-proximity to, both the existing and new runways.
“By providing a second runway at Gatwick, we will create a much more balanced system of infrastructure, and capitalise on the integrated connectivity we already have in London. It will positively affect the whole of the UK’s infrastructure, and build on the power of networks. A second runway would turbocharge economic growth in the South East and do for South London what the Olympics did for East London.”
Gatwick insists a new runway and terminal could be operational by 2025, building on safeguarded land with private cash. Subject to achieving necessary planning approvals by 2020, Gatwick would look to carry out expansion over the following 20 years.
A recommendation to government on where to create new runway space in the South East is expected on Wednesday morning.
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