Following on from the Surface Transport Forum held at Gatwick last week I thought you would be interested to know that today Gatwick is launching a draft Master Plan.
As the UK heads towards an important new chapter, Gatwick is unveiling a draft Master Plan for ongoing development and sustainable growth at the airport, which sets out how the airport can meet the growing demand for air travel and deliver connections to global opportunities.
The draft Master Plan explains how Gatwick intends to develop and grow in a sustainable way into the early 2030s, creating the right balance between economic growth and environmental impact, across three scenarios:
- Using new technologies to increase capacity on Gatwick’s existing Main Runway;
- A plan to bring the airport’s existing Standby Runway into routine use alongside the Main Runway;
- Continuing to safeguard the land for an additional runway in the future, while not actively pursuing one today
The proposals are in line with the government’s policy support for making best use of existing runways and will deliver highly-productive, incremental new capacity with minimal environmental impact, to complement expansion schemes at other airports across the South East.
Gatwick today makes a significant contribution to both the regional and national economy, supporting 85,000 jobs and adding £5.3bn to GDP, and through this draft Master Plan, is seeking to grow that contribution by unlocking new connections, jobs and trade.
We believe the plans offer safe, agile, low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new runway capacity from within our existing infrastructure – however, it is important that everyone has their say so we look forward to hearing the views of our local communities, partners and stakeholders.
A 12-week public consultation is now live at www.gatwickairport.com/masterplan2018 and will include five public exhibitions in our local area, which will help inform the publication of the final Master Plan early next year. We would welcome your views and encourage you to respond before it closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019.
Head of Real Estate