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Gatwick starts public consultation to bring emergency runway into routine use

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Gatwick has today (9 September 2021) announced the start of its public consultation on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway. 

Full consultation materials are available on the gatwickairport.com/futureplans web pages along with a virtual exhibition and an option to book a telephone surgery with project experts or to request a virtual briefing for local stakeholder groups.  People can also contact the consultation team by using the freephone hotline 0800 038 3486, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

The proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern Runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres.  This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway whilst meeting all international safety standards.  The Northern Runway could be operational by summer 2029

The majority of the construction works associated with the airfield are contained within the existing airport boundary.   The cost of those works is approximately £500m and will be privately financed, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region.  The project proposals are low impact and are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways.  The project will be delivered in a sustainable way which helps to achieve the Government’s overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

For those people who may find online access difficult Gatwick will be operating a mobile project office which will visit key areas around West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent and all consultation materials will also be available at various deposit points, including libraries in those areas.

The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Gatwick proposes to consult the local community on the proposed Northern Runway project) was published on 27 August 2021 and is also available at gatwickairport.com/futureplans

Anyone interested in responding to the public consultation can do so either by:

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Our Northern Runway proposals will help boost our economy, maintain competition within the London market, open up new connections and support a Global Britain.   They will also open up exciting new employment opportunities, create additional jobs and further enable travel to visit family and friends, take a leisure break or foster trade and business links.  Our proposals are forward looking and seek to bring significant benefits for our region. 

“I am confident in our future and very pleased to present these proposals for public consultation. We would like to hear views from local residents and anyone interested in our proposals. I encourage everyone to take time to review our plans and respond by 1 December 2021.”

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Gatwick Airport further subsidises cut-price lateral flow and PCR tests for holiday-makers

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Gatwick Airport is supporting Britain’s return to travel by offering passengers significantly cheaper PCR tests, after announcing it would subsidise its on-site COVID-19 screening centres, operated by ExpressTest.

Two centres currently operate from Gatwick; a drive-in option located within the airport’s Perimeter Road South (RH6 0PQ) car park, and a walk-in centre situated within the North Terminal.

Gatwick had already subsidised ‘fit-to-fly’ on-site PCR tests since the drive-in centre opened in November last year, with the airport’s passengers and staff able to take a test for just £59.

But with the overall costs of PCR tests continuing to act as a barrier for travel for many families and the ongoing detrimental effect this is having on the aviation industry, Gatwick has decided to further reduce costs for passengers, by announcing further subsidised rates.

The following prices will be available exclusively for Gatwick passengers, via a designated discount code from Thursday 16 September 2021.   

Discount code: LGWBTT2

Lateral Flow Fit to Fly                         £2 Discount (£33 from £35)

Discount code: LGWBTT10

Green Arrivals Test                             £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

Amber Arrivals Test                            £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

PCR Test to Release Test                  £10 Discount (£59 from £69)

The PCR ‘Fit to Fly’ test will remain at the already subsidised price of £59.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said: Gatwick Airport recognises that the cost of PCR tests is prohibitive and acts as barrier preventing larger numbers from booking international travel. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer passengers a more cost-effective solution, conveniently located at the airport, to help people get away on a much-needed holiday, to visit loved ones abroad or travel for business.”

Gatwick has repeatedly called on Government to loosen the existing restrictions and abolish the need for double vaccinated travellers to green and amber countries to be tested altogether – to help increase bookings and ultimately preserve jobs in and around the airport.

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