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.
Gatwick says it can handle 11 million more passengers a year by 2030 without needing a second runway.
The airport's publishing plans for its future later today.
Gatwick currently handles around 34 million passengers a year but says it could handle up to 45 million. One of their aims is to get more people to travel to the Sussex terminals by train.
The Heathrow residents group Hacan has claimed the group of MPs who are proposing a third and fourth runway at Heathrow are ‘fighting the tide of history’. Tomorrow a group of Conservative MPs are expected to call for two more runways at Heathrow to stimulate the economy.
Hacan Chair John Stewart said: “These MPs are fighting the tide of history if they believe it is possible to build one, let alone two, new runways at Heathrow. All the political parties have recognised the difficulty of expanding Heathrow and are officially opposed to a third runway.”
The Civil Aviation Authority revealed earlier this year that 725,000 people live under the Heathrow flight paths - 28% of all people disturbed by aircraft noise across the whole of Europe.
Hundreds of workers have spent the night helping to resurface the main runway at Gatwick Airport.It is the busiest in the world and used by more than fifty planes an hour.
Derek Hendry explains how it was done.
Hundreds of workers have spent the night helping to resurface the main runway at Gatwick Airport. It is the busiest in the world and used by more than fifty planes an hour.
It is one of six months of overnight sessions to complete the job at a cost of £50M. With so much use the runway has to be resurfaced every twelve to fifteen years.
There's a warning 140,000 jobs are at risk unless Heathrow expands. The GMB and Unite unions, supported by the Institute of Directors say tourism, exports and foreign investment will also be hit over the next decade if a third runway is not built.