China either build from new or expand an average of more than 10 airports every year. Okay their population is significantly larger than ours and their economic growth has been driving the world economy over the past 5 years. However this shouldn't hide the depressing lack of vision and action from respective UK Governments when it come to addressing airport capacity in the South East. The discussion shouldn't be about whether it's Heathrow or Gatwick, it should be both. Great article below by Andrew Monk.
What we do need desperately is more runway capacity for two reasons. Firstly our growth is being stymied by the inability to fly more routes particularly to Asia. Secondly, a major infrastructure programme such as this will bring jobs and growth h to the UK and it can all be funded with non-government money and so not cause issues. Heathrow is the business airport and so there is no question the additional runway should be built there, and I live in Chiswick and still believe so. Gatwick is a leisure airport and once Heathrow has more capacity business traffic at Gatwick can be moved to Heathrow giving Gatwick more capability for leisure. Also it is much easier for leisure traffic to go to other London airports or regional airports.