Gatwick Airport unveils £1.11bn five-year investment plan

WCN Editorial Team 9 Aug 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Gatwick Airport in the UK has unveiled plans for a £1.11bn Capital Investment Programme (CIP) in automation and technology.

The five-year CIP involves new initiatives, including robotic parking and automated boarding technology aimed at speeding up boarding and offer more choices for passengers about how they spend their time.

Gatwick said in a statement: “While setting out an exciting long-term future vision is part of Gatwick’s recently published master plan, at the same time the CIP provides a strong focus on improving facilities for passengers and airlines, as well as continuing to enhance operational performance.”

The new plan involves projects such as the extension of the North Terminal with new departure gates at Pier 6, check-in automation, expansion of the international departure lounges in the North and South Terminals, development of biometric auto-boarding technology, and main runway technology optimisation.

It also includes projects such as rapid exit taxiway, baggage auto re-flighting, new car park in the North Terminal to provide 3,250 additional spaces from summer 2021, and railway station development.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The plans explore ways we can grow capacity sustainably, including providing more space in our departure lounges. This investment will support our existing airlines, help attract new airlines and provide an enhanced service for the millions of people who choose to fly from Gatwick.

“We have outlined our long-term growth strategy in our final master plan and the Capital Investment Programme we are sharing today, gives a more detailed view of our short-term plans which will continue to improve our service proposition and lay foundations for the future.”

Vinci Concessions CEO and Vinci Airports president Nicolas Notebaert said: “Belonging to the world’s most extensive and diversified network of airports is a unique opportunity for each one to get inspiration and capture the best airport management worldwide.

“As such, Gatwick’s Capital Investment Programme will benefit from sharing best practice through the VINCI Airports’ network and tap into the extensive expertise in programme management, customer experience and innovative new services such as robotic parking.”

In July 2019, Gatwick published its final master plan outlining the scope of developing the airport in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years.

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Image: Illustration of Gatwick Airport expansion project in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport Limited.

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