Gatwick airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world and there are plans to make it bigger. The controversial Gatwick second runway could be built after 2019 bosses announce. This now doubles the capacity of the airport to 70millions while at the moment it currently handles 34 million passengers a year and flies to 200 destinations in 90 countries.
The reason for the wait on the second run way is due to a legal agreement made in 1979 meaning the airport cannot build a second runway. The bosses are keeping to this agreement however detailed work is being done on the additional new runway which could be built in the next ten years. Building a second runway at Gatwick is said to be a better option to boost Britain’s aviation than the expansion of Stansted, a third runway at Heathrow or the highly spoken about “Boris Island” which is highly favoured by the London Mayor Boris Johnson.
It has been confirmed that the second runway would take four to five years from August 2019 to build the runway and the facilities needed to accommodate it. The new runway would bring in many of new jobs into the local area and bring in work for local businesses like Gatwick hotels. Baroness Jo Valentine who is the chief executive of London First praised the plans and said “ Anything that could increase runway capacity at London’s airports is good news for passengers and for the UK economy”.
If you are traveling to or from Gatwick then often you will be looking for somewhere to stay. A local hotel that will see the benefit from this second runway is Gatwick Belmont a Gatwick hotel with parking which should see a increase in customers due to the plans.