London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is preparing a planning application to put its Northern Runway into regular use for departures.

This investment in the airport’s long-term future would see the Northern Runway operate alongside LGW’s Main Runway to help improve resilience and reduce delays.

London Gatwick's Northern Runway
London Gatwick’s Northern Runway

The airport’s work to prepare a planning application for the relevant infrastructure follows several consultations on the project.

If given the go-ahead, Gatwick estimates that around 630 new jobs will be created for local construction workers, while 1,400 jobs would be created nationally.

These jobs would be split across all aspects of the Northern Runway project, including taxiway alterations, terminal building work, car parks and highway projects.

Cedric Laurier, Chief Technical Officer, London Gatwick said:

The opportunities presented for local employment through Gatwick’s Northern Runway project are incredibly exciting for the region.

To offer up to 1400 new jobs in construction alone – with a significant proportion of these estimated to be using the local workforce - is great news. These new jobs will not only benefit workers now, but also our future workforce who are still in school or college.


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