Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Gatwick airport has unveiled plans for a 1.1 billion pound Capital Investment Programme over the next five years. It includes investment in infrastructure and technology. The biggest project is the western extension to the airport’s Pier 6, which will allow over half a million more North Terminal passengers the opportunity to embark and disembark their aircraft via a jetty-served stand, as well as improved gate waiting areas.
The plan has been backed by Vinci Airports and Global Infrastructure Partners (the former recently having taken a controlling 50.01 per cent stake in the south London airport). Other initiatives include ongoing investment in self-service bag drop facilities, expansion of the international departure lounges at both terminals, and the development and testing of biometric auto-boarding technology.
The airport will also introduce Time-Based Flow Management technology for its main runway, which Gatwick says will offer the potential to increase the capability of the main runway, creating opportunities for resilience and growth.
A new taxiway will allow aircraft to vacate the runway at the optimum location, enabling the best usage and operational performance.
Last month the U.K. government announced a 150 million pound investment to upgrade the rail station at Gatwick airport, with work starting in spring 2020 and expected to take two years.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s CEO said that they always put passengers at the heart of our investment plans and it’s great to see how automation and technology can further enhance the passenger experience. This investment will support the existing airlines, help attract new airlines and provide an enhanced service for the millions of people who choose to fly from Gatwick.