LONDON, 15 June 2018: London Gatwick Airport announced Wednesday it was spending UKP 1.1 billion on expanding its facilities over the next five years to accommodate a growth in passenger numbers.
Gatwick is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and sits behind Mumbai as the world’s busiest single-runway air hub.
“Gatwick is a major piece of national infrastructure, and our continued growth and ability to attract long-haul airlines is vital for the health of the UK economy, particularly in a post-Brexit world,” said the airport’s chief executive Stewart Wingate.
From December 2009 to the end of the new five-year investment in 2023, the total investment figure rises to UKP 3.14 billion.
Gatwick serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year. It predicts that passenger numbers will hit nearly 53 million by 2023.
The expansion work includes a new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim in the South Terminal, redevelopment of its hotel capacity, and a new extension in the North Terminal departure lounge to accommodate new restaurants.
The British government has ruled out investing in building a second runway at Gatwick, instead preferring the construction of a third at London’s main Heathrow airport, the busiest passenger air hub in Europe.
© Agence France-Presse