Investing in the future of Gatwick Airport

Capital investment plans

We want Gatwick to become the airport of choice, not only in London but in Europe, delivering a world-class service to all our passengers.

To help us achieve this, we are investing over £2.5 billion in the transformation of Gatwick Airport. Much of this transformation is delivered through our Capital Investment Programme (CIP) which sets out our investment plans over a five year period. Our business has grown far more quickly than predicted - we now have over 42 million passengers every year - a decade earlier than anticipated. With such growth, our plans are constantly evolving so that we can deliver excellent customer service for our passengers as well as support the ambitions and future needs of our airline partners. 

Our 2016 Capital Investment Programme addresses the challenges that the rapid growth of our business creates, by both bringing forward some of our planned projects and developing new ones to provide additional capacity for our future passengers. It sets out our plans to invest £1.2 billion over the next five years through to 2021, with £222 million being invested in 2016/17 alone. 

Some of the projects identified in our latest programme include: 

  • Expansion of both the North Terminal and South Terminal departure lounges
  • Upgrading shopping facilities
  • Expansion of the North Terminal and South Terminal immigration halls
  • Additional aircraft parking stands and optimisation of taxiways
  • Additional car parking capacity, improvements to surface access and the road network around the airport.

We remain committed to maintaining our existing assets, as well as continuing our programme of resilience measures, to ensure passengers receive the best experience possible during their journey through the airport.

Previous CIP publications

Capital investment programme 2015
Capital investment programme 2014
Capital investment programme 2013 
Capital investment programme 2012 
Capital investment programme 2011 
Capital investment programme overview - September 2011

Master plan

As part of our airport planning for future growth we create and publish long term plans based on projected passenger numbers and our strategy to make Gatwick London's airport of choice. 

Back in 2011 and 2012, we ran a major consultation on Gatwick's vision for growth up to 2020, following which we created our final master plan. During the consultation we engaged with local residents and businesses, local councils and MPs, as well as holding workshops, public exhibitions and mailed leaflets. In total around 2,200 people engaged with us directly during the consultation period.

The final version of our master plan can be viewed or downloaded here:

Gatwick master plan 2012 
Gatwick master plan appendices 2012

2014 - 2024 Business plan

In February 2013, we submitted our 2014 – 2024 business plan to the CAA.

Our business plan set out a seven-year 'Contracts & Commitments' framework which replaces the current system of regulation. We're proposing a further investment of £1 billion at the airport between 2014 and 2019 to build on the improvements we've already delivered since becoming independent in 2009.

Future plans are to create two world class terminals by refurbishing the North Terminal to match the improvements in the South Terminal. This includes creating a world beating check-in, next generation security facilities, a bigger departures area, a transformed arrivals area and new border zone technologies, including 15 state-of-the-art e-gates to help reduce queues for passengers.