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Gatwick: runway plans unveiled

Gatwick Airport today unveiled plans for a second runway adding to proposals at Heathrow and for Boris Johnson's Thames Estuary project. But campaigners opposed to expansion say they have concerns over the proposals.

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Airline calls for more runways

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker has called on the British government to urgently address capacity constraints at London Heathrow to avoid a ‘catastrophic situation’ for the country’s economy.

Al Baker said the third runway debate ‘was not an option, but a necessity’ to overcome the capacity crunch Britain’s premier airport was currently facing. “Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point,” he said.

Mr Baker continued: “Already heading towards a double dip recession, the UK cannot afford to lose out on the huge benefits a third runway would bring to the economy in south east England and the country as a whole through the creation of more jobs and more business opportunities.”

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