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How long can Gatwick sustain its growth without a second runway?

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The latest news from britains second busiest airport is certainly impressive.

Over 2.8 million passengers travelled through the airport last month alone and there are no signs of a slow-down from the goliath that is Gatwick Airport.

These record-breaking announcements are being more and more frequent from the airport, particularly following months and months of renovations and additional services, particularly within the security and immigration channels.

But how long can this growth continue before the desire for a second runway becomes essential?

Gatwick has long pushed their transatlantic routes and recent figures now show that US routes are recording the highest growth with New York showing a huge increase of over 51% while Boston even grew by over 30%.

A statement from the CEO Stewart Wingate includes:

As we approach five consecutive years of growth, Gatwick continues to play an increased role for Britain on the global stage and we stand ready to build our financeable and deliverable second runway scheme for the country

Wingate mentions how ready they are for a second runway and with growth figures like these it’s no wonder.

The airports Asia routes are up over 42% and even cargo rose by an astonishing 29.6% illustrating their booming long-haul network.

But as it stands at the moment with only one runway is this continual growth not going to come to an abrupt end soon?

Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of Gatwick Diamond seems to think so, he said:

“Since the current owners took over in 2009 we’ve seen a 50% growth in passenger numbers and a very welcome growth in freight which is important to our business community, however, we must be approaching the moment when that single runway is at full capacity, if we haven’t already.

Looking at the way in which the case for Heathrow becomes thinner every day surely now is the time for government to work with Gatwick to allow further capacity at the worlds most efficient single runway airport so that we can make the most of global opportunities facing a post Brexit Britain.”

Gatwick declined to comment any further on how close the airport was to capacity but if reports continue with growth figures as they stand then it does not take a genius to realise that there the limit cannot be far away.

Remember, Boeing has a new maintenance centre and with new routes launching all the time the clock is ticking before a sign is printed saying:

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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