Gatwick bosses are beginning detailed work on the option of a controversial second runway at the airport, despite local opposition.
The Prime Minister is being pushed to build a third runway at Heathrow, which could spell the end for new airport plans in Kent.
Conservative back benchers are calling on the government to build a third runway at Heathrow.
Executive Manager of Lydd Airport, Hani Mutlaq, talks to ITV reporter Tom Savvides about the airport's expansion plan that has now been approved by the Government.
The owners of Gatwick Airport say they are preparing to launch a bid to build an additional runway.
They say by increasing the capacity at the Sussex site the government can avoid controversial proposals to expand Heathrow.
But the news is unlikely to be welcomed by those living nearby. Our correspondent Andrew Pate speaks to David Rowlands, Chairman of Gatwick Airport.
In February this year, our political correspondent Phil Hornby had a look at the options for airport expansion in the south and south east. It was before the London Mayoral election, and candidate Ken Livingstone proposed expansion at Stansted or... Gatwick.
In this report, Phil spoke to the then Transport Secretary Justine Greening, David Cameron, Ken Livingstone and Colin Matthews, chief executive of the British Airports Authority.
In the latest row over air capacity in the South, the former Environment Minister, has goaded David Cameron, by asking if he was "man or mouse." Tim Yeo has urged the Prime Minister to approve expansion at Heathrow.
He insists the environmental objections to a third runway are disappearing. He also claimed backing the move would give the Government a "sense of mission".
But the scheme remains a controversial one - with Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson also opposing a third runway. Instead, he continues to push for a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening told the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme it "would be difficult" for her to sit on a Cabinet that supported a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
A senior Tory MP has goaded David Cameron over the expansion of Heathrow airport, urging him to decide if he is "a man or a mouse.
Tim Yeo, the former environment minister, insists that environmental objections to controversial calls for a third runway are disappearing and claimed backing the move would give the Government a "sense of mission".
In a stinging attack Mr Yeo, who chairs the Commons Energy Committee, questioned whether the Prime Minister would preside "over a dignified slide towards insignificance" and suggested the leader's heart was "impenetrable" to most voters