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Letting Gatwick convert its emergency runway for full use would require capacity restrictions at other airports
2021-01-11 12:25:00
Plans to bring Gatwick’s emergency runway into regular use would only be possible with a government intervention to prevent other airport expansions. This is what the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advice indicates. The deputy director of the Aviation Environment Federation, Cait Hewitt, said: “Allowing Gatwick’s emergency runway to be used routinely as a second runway would only be possible if the government was to intervene to restrict capacity elsewhere in the UK, presumably by removing existing planning permissions – not an easy step to take”  – and that the CCC advice makes it clear that “aviation can no longer be let off the hook when it comes to UK climate policy … The CCC’s advice should represent a line in the sand when it comes to airport expansion. … Airport expansion runs directly counter to the net zero agenda. It has to stop.”  The Gatwick plans mean the emergency runway could be operating short-haul flights, by the end of the decade.  The CCC’s advice to government on the Sixth Carbon Budget, published on 9th December 2020, advises the government that any increase in UK airport capacity would need to be matched by restrictions at other airports to ensure no ‘net increase’. .Tweet   Gatwick second runway would require capacity restrictions at other airports 11 JAN, 2021 BY CATHERINE KENNEDY (New Civil Engineer) Plans to bring Gatwick Airport’s second runway into regular use would only be possible with a government intervention to prevent other airport expansions, according to the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF). Last week proposals to turn the airport’s emergency northern runway into a routinely used second runway were given a boost, with investors backing the plans. However AEF deputy director Cait Hewitt urged caution. Hewitt told NCE: “Allowing Gatwick’s emergency runway to be used routinely as a second runway would only be possible if the government was to intervene to restrict capacity elsewhere in the UK, presumably by removing existing planning permissions – not an easy step to take.” Gatwick’s second runway is currently used as a taxiway and for emergencies – but under the plans, it could be operating short-haul flights by the end of the decade. Details of the expansion were first proposed in 2018’s “Master Plan” for the airport, which said that an extra runway would add 55,000 flights a year. However the Committee on Climate Change’s Sixth Carbon Budget – released in December last year – advises the government that any increase in UK airport capacity would need to be matched by restrictions at other airports to ensure no ‘net increase’. Cait Hewitt said the advice in the report makes it clear that “aviation can no longer be let off the hook when it comes to UK climate policy”. She added: “The CCC’s advice should represent a line in the sand when it comes to airport expansion. To deliver a net zero economy we

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