In an exclusive interview with ITV Meridian Sir Richard Branson says he wants a new runway at Gatwick - as well as two more at Heathrow.
61 year old Branson has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel. His son, Sam, set the speed record yesterday.
ITV Meridian reports exclusively on how experts from the South strip-out and re-fit Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747 fleet.
Virgin Atlantic Chairman Sir Richard Branson has become the first major player in the aviation industry to back plans for a second runway at Gatwick.
The airport announced a week ago it was pressing ahead with the controversial plan.
Some people say it will double the number of flights and noise.
Others say it will create jobs and boost the local economy.
In an exclusive interview with Meridian he says he also wants two extra Heathrow runways.
The tycoon from Oxford has been in Mumbai where he's been launching a route from Heathrow and promoting trade links between the UK and India.
He says the Government should stop dithering and take urgent decisions on expansion in the south.
A legal agreement means a new Gatwick runway could not be built before 2019.
Sir Richard spoke to Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.
Mr Ridgway insisted that air travel was a "different market" from rail services between Manchester and London. The airline will operate three daily flights to Manchester using Airbus A319 aircraft from March 31 next year.
Flights between Heathrow and the North West will begin next spring using leased aircraft, Mr Ridgway said. Mr Ridgway insisted that air travel was a "different market" from rail services between Manchester and London.
– Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive Virgin Atlantic Airways
"Virgin Atlantic has obviously provided great competition over the years internationally on the long-haul routes and this is about redressing that as part of the process of making sure that BA doesn't become a monopolist on all the routes bmi used to fly."
He did it. At 61, Sir Richard Branson has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel. See our report here.
Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson, has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel. He arrived in France a short time ago. More details to follow.
Sir Richard Branson is still on course to become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel. The 61 year old is currently three miles off the coast of France.
He has failed in becoming the fastest person to complete the crossing. That record was set by his son, Sam, yesterday.
Our reporter John Ryall filmed Sir Richard as he set off from Hythe at lunchtime.