Airport Operator Magazine - Spring
London Gatwick Airport CEO, Stewart Wingate, has told The Airport Operator that the airport expects to submit a Development Consent Order for the Northern Runway “in the early summer”.
Wingate said that the application to bring the existing Northern Runway into regular use is being finalised now. If approved, the runway could be operational by 2030, helping the airport to meet future demand as it seeks to grow to around 75m passengers a year by the late 2030s. He said the plans, which he described as fully in line with Government policy to make best use of existing runways, would help unlock new capacity, improve resilience and deliver new global connections.
He pledged that any construction required would be “low impact”, with most work taking place within the airport boundary. No flight path changes will be needed. The expansion plans would “help stimulate economic growth by creating new jobs, and supporting businesses, tourism and trade across the region”.
Meanwhile, redevelopment work is close to completion at Gatwick Airport station, which is the country’s busiest airport station.