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Gatwick invests in the future

 

Further investment as part of a new five-year plan has been unveiled by Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate.  Since the airport changed ownership in December 2009 the total sum  committed to development has risen to £3.14bn.

The new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) will include spending £1.11bn between now and 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19.  £1.11bn will be used to support airline growth and enhance the experience for passengers.  Managers at the airport are continuing to explore how best use can be made of the existing infrastructure but providing additional capacity, improving resilience and harnessing technology are all key objectives.  Commitments have also been made to increasing sustainability, while supporting the local and national economy, improving facilities and continuing to transform services.

Projects have been identified across the estate,  Those getting underway this year include:

  • Pier 6 Western Extension – phase 1 works start with enabling Pier 5 to handle the A380 aircraft, so that it can move from Pier 6, including widening and reconfiguring a taxiway to accommodate the 80m wingspan.
  • A new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim in South Terminal.
  • A mezzanine-level extension in the North Terminal departure lounge to accommodate new restaurants.
  • Completion of the road system and taxiway entrance to the new Boeing hangar, connecting the airfield to the new facility that opens next year.
  • Trial of biometric auto-boarding technology in the North Terminal and extending the roll-out of self-service bag drop across both Terminals.
  • Re-development of South Terminal hotel capacity.
  • Completion of the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018.
  • Projects to support greater use of electric vehicles, continuing to reduce the airport’s environmental impact and supporting ambitions to be the UK’s most sustainable airport.
  • Enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick railway station.
  • Investment in joint equipment for ground handlers to use, driving efficiency for airfield and baggage operations.
  • New reception centre for passengers with reduced mobility in the North Terminal.

The use of technology to further improve efficiency and service is also being explored, including:

  • An integrated command and airport operations centre: to facilitate shared real-time operational awareness and management data between the airport, the airlines and their ground handlers.
  • Robotic car parking: explore the use of robots to park cars, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through close-space parking.
  • Smart taxiway lighting system: to provide real-time directional airfield ground lighting to guide aircraft to and from the runway and parking stands.

Commenting on the program, Stewart Wingate said: “By committing to spend another £1.11bn, Gatwick can continue to grow sustainably, attract new airlines and offer more global connections, while providing an excellent service to passengers.  Looking beyond this capital investment program, we welcome the Government’s support for airports making best use of their existing runways and we will plan for our longer term future by developing a Masterplan later this year”.

Photo: Gatwick Airport’s Capital Investment Plan has been revised, with £1.11bn to be spent over the next five years.  (Gatwick Airport)

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