Gatwick Airport aims to increase growth potential
Thu, 20 Jan, 2011
Gatwick Airport could grow dramatically in the next decade in order to keep up with the demands of travellers.
Responding to a report which stated that there was a pressing need to address the issue of airport capacity in the south-east, Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, cautioned against dismissing the role that the region's existing hubs can play.
"We are already looking at how we can make more efficient use of our single runway and realise growth potential at Gatwick," Mr Wingate explained.
He added that aviation was a "critical pillar" of the UK and calculations by the airport have predicted that it could be expanded by as much as 25 per cent in the next ten years.
Despite the claims, the airport actually saw its year-on-year figures for December 2010 decline slightly on 2009's levels, which was in part blamed on the number of flights affected by the heavy snow.