Gatwick: runway plans unveiled

Gatwick Airport today unveiled plans for a second runway adding to proposals at Heathrow and for Boris Johnson's Thames Estuary project. But campaigners opposed to expansion say they have concerns over the proposals.

Airline calls for more runways

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker has called on the British government to urgently address capacity constraints at London Heathrow to avoid a ‘catastrophic situation’ for the country’s economy.

Al Baker said the third runway debate ‘was not an option, but a necessity’ to overcome the capacity crunch Britain’s premier airport was currently facing. “Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point,” he said.

Mr Baker continued: “Already heading towards a double dip recession, the UK cannot afford to lose out on the huge benefits a third runway would bring to the economy in south east England and the country as a whole through the creation of more jobs and more business opportunities.”

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