Up to 10,000 jobs are under threat if Gatwick’s plans to build a second runway fall through. Proposals to expand the airport are in place, but if these do not happen then potentially the local area could lose up to 10000 jobs, from an estimated 350 businesses. Fears are that should the second runway not be built at Gatwick, the local economy would suffer tremendously and employers would be forced to leave the Gatwick area.
All 3 of the UK’s major airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted have enough air traffic for 2 runways each, which meet the requirements across the South East. Despite concerns, Gatwick airport believes by building a second runway it will be competing with Heathrow and Stansted, making London and the South East a fantastic hub for air traffic.
The current plans will see Gatwick’s second runway be built in the next 6 years, with work starting asap. This will be one of the UK’s biggest major air transport projects ever seen. It will see London begin to match it’s rail travel options, which sees a number of major stations dotted across the city. Equally, by offering more places for travellers to fly in and out of London, they will have the same kind of options for air transport.