Gatwick plans to proceed with conversion of emergency runway

Gatwick plans to proceed with conversion of emergency runway

Airport revives proposal for routine use as it seeks to enlarge capacity to a potential 75.5m passengers a year

Gatwick airport is to press ahead with plans to convert its emergency runway for routine use, in a sign that the aviation industry expects demand to rebound in full soon after the coronavirus pandemic.

London’s second biggest airport will launch a public consultation next month on a scheme to enlarge capacity to a potential 75.5 million passengers a year – despite still only serving about a quarter of its pre-Covid traffic in August.

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