Gatwick airport will reportedly again promoting the building of a second runway in the coming years.

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Gatwick airport will reportedly again promoting the building of a second runway in the coming years.

This week saw the south London facility’s chief executive Stewart Wingate say in an interview that adding a new runway at Gatwick or Stansted airport was a viable option that would create fewer problems than adding a third strip at the larger Heathrow airport.

Mr Wingate said in the conversation with reporters from the Sunday Telegraph that the Boris Johnson-backed Thames Estuary airport proposal would be much too costly and that revamping Heathrow would also entail heavy expenses between £10 billion and £15 billion.

Gatwick’s owners Global Infrastructure Partners are expected to publish an eight-year vision for the airport in next month’s master plan. The document will reportedly re-launch the proposal for a new airport and will also feature an alternative plan that may entail a different strategy.

Gatwick is not allowed to add a new runway until after 2019, as per current regulations, but has set land aside to do so.

The aviation industry continues to claim that capacity constraints at Heathrow, which is now operating at around 98 per cent capacity, is strangling the economy in the South East and that capacity must be able to grow to keep the UK competitive with other facilities in the region, notably Frankfurt and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.

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