London, the capital city of the UK, is home to several airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Four of the top five busiest airports in the UK are in London, making this city an extremely popular destination for travellers, business people and celebrities.
Which Is the Busiest Airport?
With Heathrow welcoming more than 73 million travellers in the year of 2014, it’s no wonder that this airport took the top spot as being the busiest in the UK.
Gatwick comes in second place, although this airport is hardly a close runner-up. With just over 38 million people checking in and out in 2014, it’s got a long way to go before catching up to Britain’s busiest.
Development So Far
London Heathrow was built in 1955, and has only been developed and improved ever since. Within the last 12 years, there has been more than £11 billion invested in this particular airport, and the improvements can certainly be seen. Users of Heathrow have reported much easier connections, quicker arrivals and a better departure experience.
Gatwick has not been developed as yet to handle as many passengers as Heathrow can manage; however, there has still been billions of pounds invested in this airport over the years.
A lot of development work occurred at Gatwick airport in the 1950s, although it is only more recently that this airport has really gained popularity and welcomed so many people each year.
Plans for Development
The most recent terminal at Heathrow is Queen’s Terminal, which was opened in 2014. There were plans to develop a third runway at Heathrow, although these plans were cancelled in 2010 with the arrival of the coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
However, there is nothing to say that these plans will not be brought up again and pushed by developers, since it is argued that another runway would greatly enhance the British economy.
Heathrow’s large Northern runway has also been subject to plans of development. Heathrow Hub have recently been discussing the idea of expanding the runway to a grand total of 6,800 metres.
Although this would involve work on a small section of the busy M25 motorway, it would also mean better traffic flow, the capacity for more passengers and easier landing.
While plans for a second runway at Gatwick have been around since 2012, it’s only this year that the Airports Commission will make the move and tell the government where they believe the new runway will be best situated.
Betting on UK Airport Capacity
According to PaddyPower, it’s most probable that Gatwick’s second runway will be built and in operation by the year 2025.
The odds of 11/10 put this on the top spot, with Heathrow’s third runway with 6/4 and Heathrow’s Northern runway extension having odds of 3/1.
Those who want to place a bet and try their luck when it comes to these popular airports of the UK and their development plans can do so until 10pm on Sunday 31st May 2015.