Gatwick Airport in the UK is planning to reposition the centre line of its current Northern Runway by 12m towards the north to bring it into regular use alongside its Main Runway.
This development will enable dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway while fulfilling all international safety standards.
Gatwick will commence a 12-week public consultation for this project on 9 September.
This proposal is expected to generate nearly 18,400 supplementary jobs by 2038 and an additional projected $2.06bn (£1.5bn) gross value added to the region.
Despite low passenger traffic, LGW is moving ahead with the plan as it would take time to obtain approvals, finish construction and begin operations.
This scheme is also expected to reduce congestion and delays, along with enabling an increase in annual passenger capacity to around 75 million passengers by 2038.
The project proposal also covers highway improvements, improved airport access, additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.
Gatwick Airport noted that the proposals are in line with government policy and of low impact.
It will be implemented in a sustainable manner, which will help to attain the UK Government’s overall goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
As the projected Northern Runway plans are considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the airport plans to apply for a development consent order (DCO) for the execution of the proposal.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into routine use will not only help to secure that growth but will also ensure many thousands of additional jobs and a vital boost to the economy for our local region.
“We would like to hear views from local people and interested groups on the proposed Northern Runway Project as part of our comprehensive public consultation process and encourage everyone to take time to review our plans.”
In June 2021, the airport released its second Decade of Change sustainability policy looking ahead to 2030 and outlining its goals on the transition to net-zero.