Construction of Gatwick runway could start by the end of the decade

Work on a new runway for London Gatwick Airport could start as early as 2020 if the site was chosen for expansion over Heathrow, reports

The two London airports are currently locked in a battle for a second runway and Gatwick has stepped up its own campaign by announcing a series of ambitious claims.

Bosses from the airport believe an extra runway could be delivered faster and cheaper if it was positioned at Gatwick, rather than 40 miles away at Heathrow.  

A collection of CGI images detail what a second runway could look like at Gatwick and the airport’s CEO Stewart Wingate believes his own site would represent the ideal location.  

“It is the best solution to more destinations in the future because we are the only airport to cater for all airline models,” he commented.

One of the possible ideas is to have the second strip running parallel with the existing runway and separated by a gap of around 585 metres, while says the airport bosses are in favour of both strips being used for landings and take-offs.

As well as its ability to cater for future aircraft, Mr Wingate said passengers flying in and out of London would also benefit from a second runway at Gatwick by getting better value for their money. 

World-renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell was drafted in to design the plans and says there is “no doubt” Gatwick would be able to provide economic growth for London and the South East by increasing the number of services on offer.