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.
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.