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Gatwick airport runway expansion | Business Aviation BlogAccording to a UK government poll, around 63% of London councillors are prepared to support Gatwick airport’s plans for expansion, compared to just 44% for Heathrow.

The announcement from Gatwick, who has also pointed out that it will require no public funding, unlike Heathrow, comes as both airports reiterate that a new runway is necessary for the UK since the Brexit result has continued to damage the country’s economic position.

Gatwick and Bechtel can deliver second runway by 2025

Gatwick airport has also announced that it is ready to deliver its second runway by 2025, following a strategic partnership with Bechtel, one of the world’s longest-standing, respected engineering companies, who work with clients to increase economic growth.

If the UK government give the go-ahead to Gatwick, the expansion project can begin almost immediately, with significantly lower environmental impact, and lower financial risk.

Bechtel’s Amjad Bangash, general manager for infrastructure said, ‘We are delighted to be confirmed as Gatwick Airport’s partner for the second runway programme. We have provided Gatwick with robust plans for a second runway and are confident that this low risk project can be built to the highest quality, safely and sustainably – and that it can be operational by 2025.’

gatwick-airport-expansionGatwick airport is directly contesting with Heathrow for an expansion of its facilities, as both airports vie for position in the race to build and operate another runway.

An additional runway at Gatwick could generate as many as 28,000 jobs, according to a new report issued recently by Arup. It is also estimated that an expansion of facilities and services could result in the stimulation of 120,000 UK-wide jobs, in addition to future opportunity for young people with the establishment of an apprenticeship fund that could amount to £3.75million.

A new initiative has recently gained ground for Gatwick airport in the form of a partnership alliance with three UK universities – Brighton, University College London and Imperial College London – offering three places each year for graduates to join the engineering teams at the airport.

A spokesperson for Gatwick has confirmed that the airport can also ‘deliver a new runway faster [than Heathrow], and have a spade in the ground before 2020.’

The airports expansion project has been big news in the UK for a number of years, following protests by residents near both sites concerning noise and environmental pollution issues.

The UK Government has delayed a decision about any airport expansion project until October 2016.