Previous estimates for growth at Gatwick airport are too high, officials said last week.

Airport news for Gatwick,Travel on 17/10/2011.

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he airport released a statement on Thursday saying that uncertain conditions and a tougher economic outlook would take its toll on previously released numbers for the next decade.

The new estimate said that by 2020 London’s second busiest facility would host some 40 million passengers and that by 2030 it could see up to 45 million through the use of two terminals alongside its sole runway.

The announcement on Thursday was part of the airport’s implementation of its new 2011 master plan, which is to supersede the previous interim report commissioned by the BAA, the previous owners, in 2006. Consultants will be commissioned not only to examine ways to improve efficiency through 2020 and to promote growth through the following decade.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s chief executive, said that the airport would be looking to promote growth via new flights utilising off-peak hours when the runway is less crowded. He added that Gatwick would also seek larger aircraft in the effort of accommodating more passengers during peak hours.

Despite the long-term outlook, Global Infrastructure Partners, the airport’s parent company said that traffic had increased some 3.3 per cent for the six months leading up to September.

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