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Gatwick outlines expansion plans

Planes coming into Gatwick Airport. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Bosses at Gatwick Airport today said it could be handling around 45 million passengers a year by 2030. The airport currently has agreed that it will not build a second runway by 2019 but could build one after that. The airport currently handles 34m passengers each year.

Gatwick chiefs said a noise insulation scheme for local residents already existed and a new scheme would be rolled out in 2013 following a public consultation.

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Report says Heathrow doesn't need to be a 'hub airport'

Heathrow has traditionally been seen as a 'hub airport'. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A new report by the chief executive of Birmingham Airport says that the Government should expand regional airports elsewhere in the country instead of Heathrow. Paul Kehoe says having a single hub airport like Heathrow "has become rigid aviation orthodox" and wants to examine alternative solutions.

He claims that adding a third runway at Heathrow would only boost passenger capacity by a small amount. Mr Kehoe added that expanding regional airports would help to rebalance the economy away from the South-East.

Boris: 'We can't endlessly expand" Heathrow

Heathrow has a great future as a key UK airport. But we cannot endlessly expand it, and cram a quart into a pint pot.

A third runway would be an environmental disaster. It would mean a huge increase in plans over London, and intolerable traffic and fumes in the west of the city – and it will not be built as long as I am Mayor of London.

That is why the Government is right to look at all new solutions for extra aviation capacity except the third runway at Heathrow.

I look forward to engaging with Justine Greening’s consultation this summer. By contrast, Ken Livingstone’s useless anti-business policies would mean no extra aviation capacity anywhere in the south east. He offers no hope to British business that needs direct flights to Asia and Latin America. His delusional programme seems to mean grounding the business community in London – but spending huge sums of taxpayers’ money for himself and his cronies to visit Hugo Chavez. That is no way to grow the London economy.

– Mayor of London Boris Johnson

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