Gatwick Airport to Operate Airbus A380

19 October 2010 (Last Updated October 19th, 2010 18:30)

Gatwick Airport in the UK has received permission from the Crawley Borough Council to operate an Airbus A380 aircraft. The airport has invested £43m ($68m) to construct six large aircraft stands, two of which will accommodate the 555-seat A380. Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Win

Gatwick Airport in the UK has received permission from the Crawley Borough Council to operate an Airbus A380 aircraft.

The airport has invested £43m ($68m) to construct six large aircraft stands, two of which will accommodate the 555-seat A380.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said "If we can bring the A380 to Gatwick, passengers will have even more reasons to choose to fly to and from our airport."

The approval may allow British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which have both ordered the giant aircraft, to operate the A380 aircraft from the West Sussex airport.

Gatwick is targeting a growth of 40 million passengers per year by 2018, an increase of 20% from its current 32.5 million passengers per year.

The airport is investing £1bn ($1.5bn) to improve its infrastructure, modernise the airport facilities, and improve customer service.