Oct 15, 2018
Gatwick Airport second runway 'by the back door'
PA Gatwick Airport is due to unveil plans to use its emergency runway to increase capacity. Opponents to expansion at the West Sussex airport have called it "a second runway by the back door". The airport's spokesman said Gatwick was "Exploring how to make best use of its existing runways, including the possibility of bringing its existing standby runway into routine use". The airport was also looking at using the existing runway "More intensely", aided by the use of modern technology, the airport spokesman told the BBC. "Campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions said:"This is simply betrayal of communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent who have already endured the increases in long haul movements this year by 24.1%. "This is a second runway by the back door, how can communities ever trust Gatwick management again?". In June Gatwick Airport announced £1,11bn plans to expand part of the North Terminal, including six new departure gates.
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