Gatwick looks to attract alliances

News at Gatwick 20/09/2013

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Gatwick airport officials are hoping to woo a major airline alliance to shifting operations to Gatwick from Heathrow.

Gatwick airport officials are hoping to woo a major airline alliance to shifting operations to Gatwick from Heathrow.

The news comes via a Financial Times report published at the weekend, in which Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate told the media that if a second runway were approved for the West Sussex facility it would then have a good chance of securing itself as the UK base for one of the major global carrier alliances.

Despite the comments, Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam have said that it is their first choice to keep operations at the larger and more centralised Heathrow airport. However, Wingate said that these preferences could easily change should Gatwick be able to provide a large amount of cheap and desirable landing slots.

Wingate’s comments come amid increasing pressure on London-area gateways as the government-commissioned capacity review led by Sir Howard Davies rolls on; later this year the Davies Commission is to submit a report on the best option for expanding capacity in the South East, be it via expanding Heathrow, Gatwick or other airports, or pushing forward with building a new facility in the Thames Estuary.

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