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Gatwick plans further £1bn investment programme

Gatwick has announced plans to invest a further £1.15bn in its facilities over the next five years, with £240m to be invested during 2017/18.

The airport revealed plans to enhance passenger experience and boost infrastructure including a new hangar in partnership with Boeing, extensions to Pier 6 and a new domestic arrivals terminal.

Work on the pier service will start in 2017/18 and complete in spring 2022 at a cost of £150m, according to Gatwick’s major development projects overview.

The overview also noted that the new hangar scheme was being brought forward due to demand from Boeing.

A total of £10m will be spent on providing space to charge electric vehicles, £28m in power resilience measures to stabilise power services, and £18.3m on automated boarding gates.

Car park decking work worth £41.4m is due to begin this autumn and complete in spring 2018, while a £30m refurbishment of Pier 4’s gaterooms will begin in 2020 and complete in 2023/24.

The airport has also planned a £66m main runway resurfacing project will begin this summer and last until 2022.

Details of improvements to the airport’s train station are still to be confirmed; however, Gatwick has allocated £31.2m to the project.

Gatwick Airport major development projects overview

ProjectCostStart dateEnd date
North Terminal development programme – walkthrough World Duty Free £24.1m August 2016 Summer 2017
South Terminal check-in automation £25m Autumn 2017 Based on airline requirements
Upgrade North Terminal check-in and bag drop £19.2m Based on airline requirements Based on airline requirements
95% Pier Service (Pier 6) £150m 2017/18 Spring 2022
95% Pier Service (Pier 4 multi-choice apron reconfiguration) £8m Spring 2017 Summer 2018
Pier 4 gaterooms / internal refurbishment £30m 2020/21 2023/24
Push and hold aircraft stands (130s and 140s) £56m 2017/18 Phase one winter 2018
Lima taxiway extension £64m 2021/22 2023/24
New hanger facilities £9.2m 2017/18 2018/19
South Terminal Code E (Departures capacity) £36.5m 2018/19 TBC
North Terminal Int’l Departure Lounge expansion £80m 2019/20 Outside CIP period
South Terminal Int’l Departure Lounge capacity £31.3m 2019/20 2021/22
Railway station improvements £31.2m TBC TBC
Road network capacity £14.8m Spring 2017 TBC
Automated boarding gates £18.3m Spring 2017 2018/19
Land use strategy £15m 2021/22 TBC
Office and contractor accommodation £10m Various Various
North Terminal short-stay car park £68.1m Summer 2018 Spring 2021
South Terminal short-stay car park £34.4m 2018/19 2019/20
Car park decking £41.4m Autumn 2017 Spring 2018
Car park capacity £27m TBC TBC
Hold baggage screening system replacement £138.8m June 2016 Autumn 2019
Business systems transformation and renewals £28.9m Ongoing Various
Main runway resurfacing £66m Summer 2017 2022
Common travel area / baggage reclaim solution £20m 2017/18 2019/20
IT end of serviceable life programme £45.6m Various Various
Power resilience workers £28m Various Various
Electric vehicles infrastructure £10m 2017/18 2026/27

Gatwick construction director Raymond Melee said: “As we plan to grow towards 50 million passengers per annum, we will focus on efficiency and service so that our passengers continue to receive the airport experience they expect, in the most sustainable manner possible.

“We will continue to develop the airport to meet the needs of our airlines and passengers with improvements to the way we operate on the airfield and the service we offer in our terminals.”

The capital programme at Gatwick comes as the airport continues to lobby government over a second runway. In May the airport said work on the project “could begin tomorrow” if it was given the green light.

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