7 AUGUST 2017
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A £1.15bn capital investment programme over the next five years, with £240m earmarked for 2017-18 alone has been announced by Gatwick to cater for planned future growth while maintaining its record levels of passenger satisfaction.
The airport has invested £1.5bn since it changed ownership in December 2009 and the new programme will bring the total through to 2022 to £2.7bn. Projects include reconfiguring stands to facilitate a changing aircraft mix.
The airport will also build a new hangar in partnership with Boeing (BTN 21 November 2016), extend Pier 6 to increase service at the site beyond its 95% target and add a new domestic arrivals facility in South Terminal.
Other plans include extending the roll-out of the self-service bag drop programme, automating the boarding process at the gate to make embarkation more efficient and help on-time performance.
There will also be additional car parking capacity for both long and short-stay customers, improved access to South Terminal for passengers and staff using local buses to travel to and from the airport and projects to support greater use of electric vehicles.
Construction director Raymond Melee said: “As we grow towards 50m passengers a year, we will focus on efficiency and service so passengers continue to receive the airport experience they expect in the most sustainable manner.”
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sally pavey, UK
Shame no investment in reducing noise!