London-Gatwick announces future investments

Gatwick Extension Image by Gatwick Airport

Airport authorities revealed on June 13 the new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for London-Gatwick (LGW) at the British-Irish Airports Expo in London.

The airport will spend £1.11 billion up to 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 alone.

Gatwick expects to continue growing its long-haul operation and predicts that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023. The airport is committed to exploring how to grow sustainably, with improving facilities and continuing to transform services for passengers. Since the airport changed ownership in December 2009 the total investment figure, combined with this new five- year plan rises to £3.14 billion.

Wide-ranging projects are identified across the airport with a number of significant projects getting underway this year including:

  • Pier 6 Western Extension – Phase 1 works start with enabling Pier 5 to handle the A380 aircraft so that it can move from its current home on Pier 6. This work will also involve the widening and reconfiguration of a taxiway to accommodate the 80-metre wingspan of the A380.
  • A new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim in South Terminal.
  • 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. The new hangar opens next year and will service the growing number of long-haul aircraft operating from Gatwick.
  • Trial of biometric auto-boarding technology in the North Terminal and extending the roll-out of self-service bag drop across both Terminals.
  • Re-development of South Terminal hotel capacity.
  • Completion of the South Terminal long-stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018.

Gatwick is widely recognised for its technological innovation and has also identified a number of emerging projects which look to harness technology to further improve efficiency and service. Examples of these include:

  • An integrated command and airport operations centre: to facilitate shared real-time operational awareness and management data between the airport, the airlines and their ground handlers.
  • Robotic car parking: explore the use of robots to park cars, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through clos-space parking.
  • Smart taxiway lighting system: to provide real-time directional airfield ground lighting to guide aircraft to and from the runway and parking stands.

The Capital Investment Programme is a rolling five-year plan which is published annually. This allows the CIP to be refreshed regularly as market conditions and operational needs change.

— Gatwick Airport