The architect behind a proposed expansion of Gatwick has released a new animation of what a rebuilt twin-runway airport would look like
Terry Farrell has launched the new animation to support plans to turn Gatwick into the ‘most efficient twin-runway airport in the world’.
A response to the question ‘Where should we build Britain’s new runway?’, theLondon Gatwick Obviously film shows passengers arriving at a new airport terminal and making their way through the building which has been designed to ‘eliminate queues’.
The practice envisages streamlining the often painful process of boarding an aircraft by placing vast rows of self check-in kiosks and self-service bag drops at the entrance followed by ‘next generation’ security gates.
According to Farrell passengers will be able to reach boarding gates 30 minutes after arriving and the efficient airfield would allow planes to take off within seven minutes of passengers boarding the flight.
In a statement Farrell’s said: ‘The airport will operate to reflect changing trends in passenger travel and the plans demonstrate how queues will be eliminated, passenger transit through the airport will be sped up, and aircraft turn-around will match the quickest in the world.
‘The design has been revealed as momentum continues to build behind Gatwick’s case for a second runway. New advertisements to be published this week highlight that Gatwick’s plan is comparatively simple and low risk and can be delivered in just ten years, by 2025. In comparison, the obstacles facing Heathrow cast doubt on whether a third runway there could realistically ever be built’
The new animation comes days after rival airport Heathrow hosted an exhibition of plans for their own site which showed the layout for a future third runway at the London aviation hub.
Heathrow Hub proposes to extend Heathrow’s existing northern runway to a length of about 6,800 metres (22,309 ft) and divide it, to create two runways.
London’s two main airports Gatwick and Heathrow are locked in a battle to win backing from the Airports Commission as the chosen site for airport expansion in the South East. The commission headed by Howard Davies is due to report later this year after the general election.
The two airports are seen as the front-runners to win the race for airport expansion after the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s ambitious plans for an airport in the Thames estuary was sunk by the commission last year.
Farrell’s has previously produced a 3,200-page report setting out the arguments for a second runway at the airport,