Gatwick Airport has added another £1.11 billion into the airport’s existing 5-year plan, bringing the total amount that will be spent to £3.14 billion.
The extra funding will be used to support airline growth and to provide additional airport capacity. The announcement of the increase in funding was made by Gatwick’s Chief Executive Stewart Wingate at the British-Irish Airports Expo in London. As part of the plan, £266 million is planned to be spent this financial year.
Among the proposed projects are a new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage, reclaim in South Terminal, Pier 6 Western Extension, a new 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 aircraft hangar to connect the airfield with the new facility, and the trial of the biometric auto-boarding technology in the North Terminal and extending the roll-out of self-service bag drop across both terminals.
“Gatwick is a major piece of national infrastructure, and our continued growth and ability to attract long-haul airlines is vital for the health of the UK economy, particularly in a post-Brexit world,” said Wingate. “We are exploring ways to grow our capacity, including developing new systems and processes to handle more passengers, and considering how we use all our existing infrastructure in the future.”