Gatwick considering use of emergency runway to maximize capacity ahead of expansion

In a recent executive meeting, the heads of Gatwick airport are considering the use of its emergency runway to boost capacity as it waits for expansion approval.

Chief executive, Stewart Wingate, stated that the airport will be looking at using both its main runway and the maintenance or emergency runway before looking seriously at the possibility of a second runway at the airport.

The committee overseeing plans to expand the airport has stated that they are engaging with local communities to gauge opinion on expansion.

Airside was in attendance at the AOA’s annual conference late last year when Wingate proposed the idea of further expansion at Gatwick.

Speaking at the conference, Gatwick’s head stated that expansion in London and the South East should not just centre on Heathow.