Gatwick mulls utilizing its emergency runway to spice up capability

LONDON (Reuters) – Gatwick airport, the second-busiest in Britain, will publish draft growth proposals on Thursday which can embrace utilizing its second, emergency runway.

Passengers wait to board a Ryanair flight at Gatwick Airport in London, Britain. Aug 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The airport is hoping so as to add new flights to beat a Summer capability crunch, regardless of native opposition over security, noise and environmental considerations.

Gatwick, 30 miles (50 km) south of London, competes with Britain and Europe’s busiest airport Heathrow, 20 miles west of London. Two years in the past, Gatwick lost out to its greater rival as the positioning chosen by the UK government for a brand new runway.

The airport is, nonetheless, working at full capability within the Summer when its primarily leisure buyer base travels most.

“Gatwick has previously said it is exploring how to make best use of its existing runways, including the possibility of bringing its existing standby runway into routine use,” mentioned a spokesman for the airport, which is owned by funding fund Global Infrastructure Partners and different traders.

Local group Communities Against Gatwick and Noise Emissions (CAGNE) opposes growth on the grounds of elevated plane noise and the unfavourable social and environmental impacts of extra flights and extra passengers travelling to the airport.

Using the emergency runway for flights would even be unsafe says CAGNE.

“We could see planes touching wings and planes having to cross runways to reach the piers, which are all safety concerns,” the group mentioned in a press release.

Gatwick mentioned security can be its key precedence.

“Any new development would be fully compliant with all international safety requirements,” the spokesman mentioned.

Reporting by Sarah Young; modifying by Stephen Addison

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