London Gatwick aims to be intercontinental hub

Long-haul airlines from emerging markets turn away from Heathrow

Taking advantage of limited capacity at London Heathrow, the chief executive of Gatwick, the UK’s second-biggest airport, has said that traffic could grow by a third over the next 10 years by attracting long-haul carriers from Asia and other emerging markets. Stewart Wingate added that Gatwick may build the second runway it needs before it can transform itself into an international hub, as soon as an agreement limiting it to one runway expires in 2019.
“Gatwick handled 33.8 million passengers last year and I think we can grow to 45 million by the mid 2020s, helped by our push on routes to Asia,” he said. “In recent months we have attracted the long-haul carriers Vietnam Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines, while Korean Airlines and Air China start services in the coming days.”
[pictured: Gatwick’s North Terminal, Pier 4]