11:15am. Monday 23 January 2012
Post by: Stewart Wingate, CEO
Transport Secretary Justine Greening has kicked off Gatwick’s Olympic year with a trip to see how we are preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We were delighted to welcome her earlier this month, particularly as her visit was the only one by a cabinet minister to a UK airport as the Government checked out how preparations for the Games are going across the country.
Although we are not an official sponsor of the Games many of the teams, the media and spectators will be travelling to the UK through Gatwick so we will be providing that important first impression of the country and we are determined to deliver a fabulous experience.
We have invested over £1 billion on improving facilities at Gatwick and this will benefit visitors to the Games. We are ramping up our capabilities to accept all the additional bags and also baggage of all sorts of challenging shapes and sizes as the competitors and the media bring in all sorts of special equipment.
We will have extra people on hand to be of assistance to the paralympic competitors and spectators and our staff will be putting in extra hours to help meet and greet some of the VIPs and to ensure that everyone gets to where they need to be at the right time.
In addition we will be hosting over 300 London Volunteers from the Mayor’s office who will be working across the airport for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics and we will be providing interactive information pods throughout the airport to easily answer passenger queries.
2012 is going to be an exciting Olympic year and at Gatwick we are ready to embrace it right through to the final whistle!
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