Gatwick to invest £1.15bn on airport enhancement projects
London Gatwick Airport is set to invest £1.15bn over the next five years to support growth, as well as enhance efficiency and passenger satisfaction.
The 2017 Capital Investment Programme (CIP) is part of the airport’s investment strategy to improve facilities and transform services in order to ensure highest levels of passenger satisfaction.
CIP is a rolling five-year plan which is published each year. Of the £1.15bn investment, £240m will be spent on enhancements planned for 2017 and 2018.
Since attaining independent ownership in December 2009 through to 2022, Gatwick Airport’s total investment plans have reached £2.7bn.
Gatwick Airport construction director Raymond Melee said: “We will continue to develop the airport to meet the needs of our airlines and passengers with improvements to the way we operate on the airfield and the service we offer in our terminals.
“These projects will be delivered in a way that will help us realise our ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.”
The development projects will include the reconfiguration of stands to enable additional aircraft parking, construction of a new hangar in partnership with Boeing, on-site aircraft maintenance, and expansion of Pier 6 to improve pier service levels.
The airport will also extend its North Terminal border facilities to operate additional long-haul arrivals, build a new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim area, in South Terminal, as well as expand the departures lounge in both terminals.
In addition, Gatwick will offer a wide range of IT projects to support core airport functions, while also extending the launch of self-service bag drop and automating the boarding process at the gate.
Additional car parking capacity will be planned for both long and short-stay customers among others.
Image: Aerial view of Gatwick Airport. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.