8 DECEMBER 2014
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Celebrating five years of independence from the old BAA, and five years of growth, Gatwick Airport has announced a £1bn investment plan for the North Terminal. It is being targeted as the airport seeks to grow passenger numbers to 41m over the next three years. The 2014 figure is likely to be 38.6m. The airport is also to partner Network Rail with a £120m redesign of the railway station with a 2020 target date.
Among the North Terminal improvements are plans to create a new check-in area, complete with what the airport calls the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone. The new concourse will open in two phases between late 2015 and early 2016 and together with improved security facilities passenger transit times should be halved. Among the many improvements will be a reconfiguring of the piers.
Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said: “It’s been an incredible five years and this is just the start.”
“It is a timely reminder ahead of next year’s airport expansion decision, when the UK must choose whether to build on the success of greater competition and a more open industry, or take a backwards step towards the monopolies of the past”. www.gatwickairport.com
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