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Three options for region's new runway

Heathrow or Gatwick for the new runway? Credit: ITV

The cost of a new runway at Gatwick would be £7.8 billion. A total of 163 properties would be demolished. It would create 120,000 new jobs with an economic boost worth £100 billion. Up to 40,000 new homes would be needed. Flight numbers would rise from 254,000 to 514,000 a year by 2050 with two new flightpaths. Passengers numbers would rise from 40 million a year today to 95 million.

The cost of a runway at Heathrow would be £15.6 billion. Around 950 homes would be demolished. The runway would create 180,000 new jobs with an economic boost worth £211 billion. Up to 40,000 new homes would be needed. Flight numbers would rise from 480,000 to 740,000 a year with two new flightpaths. Existing passengers numbers, 72 million a year, would double to 150 million.

The cost of the Heathrow Hub option would be £13.52 billion. Two hundred properties would be demolished. It would create 163,000 new jobs with an economic boost worth £214 billion. Up to 40,000 new homes would be needed. Flight numbers would rise from 480,000 a year to 700,000. Passengers numbers would rise from 72 million to 142 million a year.

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Airports' plea for quick decision on new runway

Heathrow - not Gatwick. And - get on with it now! Those words from Sir Richard Branson who says there MUST be a quick decision on a new runway for the South.

In an exclusive interview with ITV Meridian, Sir Richard - boss of the Crawley based Virgin Atlantic - said the Government must act fast.

Heathrow has two runways, Gatwick has one. If Heathrow is chosen, it will create 180,000 new jobs. Passenger numbers would rise from 72 million to 150 million a year.

At Gatwick, there would be 120,000 new jobs - with passenger numbers rising from 40 million each year - to 95 million.

Sir Howard Davies, who is advising the Government, will make up his mind within days. But the Goverment may take up to six months to make a final decision. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

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Airlines make plea for decision on new runway

Airlines want a quick decision on new runway Credit: ITV

Major airlines have made an urgent and final plea for a quick decision on a new runway for the Meridian region. ITV News Meridian understands Sir Howard Davies, who is advising the Government, will make up his mind within days. But the Government could take up to six months deciding if it should go to Gatwick or Heathrow. In an exclusive interview Sir Richard Branson, head of Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic, said Heathrow, and not Gatwick, should be expanded. He called on the Government to make a final decision and "get on with it". The call came as the airline launched its new route to Detroit - with an airport that has 6 runways.

Campaigners oppose Heathrow and Gatwick plans

Campaigners representing hundreds of thousands of people under the Heathrow and Gatwick flightpaths joined forces today to call on the Government not to allow major changes they say will cause misery. New flightpaths have being trialled in a move to cut emissions and allow more planes to fly. Campaign groups say the Government must act before the changes are made permanent. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, reports.

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