New runways at Heathrow and Gatwick are among the options that have been short-listed ahead of the final report in summer 2015 by the Davies Commission looking into expanding UK airport capacity.
The three favoured options include two variations for Heathrow[adding a third runway and lengthening the existing one] and a second runway for Gatwick.
As a sop to the Mayor of London, the plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary at the Isle of Grain in north Kent have been left on the table but, at an estimated cost in excess of £100bn, it is generally considered to be too expensive and problematic to be a realistic option.
Probably to the dismay of Heathrow the report suggests that the future of UK aviation might not depend on one huge hub airport because all the growth in recent years has come from low-cost carriers flying point-to-point. This favours expansion at Gatwick.
But the owners of Heathrow, related business and the unions have lobbied incessantly for Heathrow expansion and it is still considered to be the front runner.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has supported expansion at Gatwick, albeit with some caveats about improved transport for Brighton & Hove.
Click here to download BHEP letter of support for Gatwick expansion
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