8 FEBRUARY 2016
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Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne, has opened Gatwick’s £80m Pier 5, a key part of the North Terminal transformation plan.
The unique design of the pier allowed Gatwick to build a second level and the airport is now able to offer vertically separated arrival and departure routes for passengers.
Pier 5 has a new look called ‘London Square’ which draws on Gatwick’s heritage as a major London airport, incorporating London-themed design into all its gate rooms.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of the airport, said: “One of the key objectives of the build was the redesign and modernisation of the stands, allowing Gatwick the flexibility to handle new and changing types of aircraft. It has the ability to accommodate seven large aircraft and 12 smaller aircraft, or a combination of both. This increased efficiency will continue to support Gatwick Airport’s growth, while helping to improve the performance of our airlines.
"This drives further efficiency and on-time performance. Pier 5 will have a significant impact on the number of passengers Gatwick can handle. From this pier alone, it is estimated that Gatwick can handle an additional 30 flights per day, which equates to approximately 4,200 passengers per day, compared to the old Pier 5 facility." www.gatwickairport.com
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