Gatwick Airport has started its public consultation on second runway options.
It is inviting people to comment online, by post or in person at one of 16 public exhibitions.
The consultation provides further details and asks for views on the options Gatwick proposed to the Airports Commission in its July 2013 submission.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage as many local people as possible to respond to our consultation as this feedback will have a key role in helping us to refine our runway proposals. The consultation is a chance for the local community to find out more about our proposals, ask questions and have their say on our plans for a second runway”
Gatwick is consulting on three options. Option 1 is a new runway 585m south of the existing runway. Option 2 would be 1,045m to the south. For both of these options, one runway would used for landings and the other for take-offs. Option 3 is also 1,045m to the south but the two runways would be used independently.
Based on its work to date on the options, Gatwick has established a provisional order of preference which is detailed in the consultation document, with Option 3 being the preferred first choice. The Airports Commission focused its assessment on this option for last December’s Interim Report but said it would, however, keep this under review.
Gatwick will use the responses to this consultation to refine its plans and conclude on the option it prefers. Gatwick will then ask the Airports Commission to take that option forward for further consideration as part of its evaluation process and subsequent advice to the Government in the summer of 2015.
People can respond, get more information and find the full details of where the public exhibitions will be held atwww.gatwickairport.com/consultation.