Plans for two-runway airport will get passengers to boarding gates in 30 minutes, airport claims

Gatwick Farrells

Gatwick Farrells

Sir Terry Farrell has unveiled plans to make Gatwick “the world’s most efficient two runway airport”.

The plans have been revealed as part of Gatwick’s bid to build a second runway to increase London’s air capacity - as opposed to a third runway at Heathrow.

Key elements of Farrells’ design include a more efficient layout, which the airport claims will allow passengers to reach boarding gates within 30 minutes of arrival, and self-service bag drops and electronic security gates that will “eliminate queues”.

Both runways will operate in mixed mode, which means both will have arriving and departing flights. Short taxiing times will reduce operating costs and engine emissions, and the time from push-back to take-off will be cut to seven minutes, the airport adds.

Gatwick says the plan can be delivered by 2025.

Farrell, who designed Incheon airport in Seoul, said: “Queues have literally been designed out and the new terminal will be simple and convenient to use with few changes of level.”

An animation of the new airport design can be viewed here: