We continue to transform
Gatwick Airport is growing fast. Since 2009 when we changed ownership, our passenger numbers have grown from 31 million passengers to more than 45 million a year. We are currently half way through a £2.5 billion investment programme to improve our passengers' experience and the airport's efficiency, with investment to all areas of the airport.
Our North Terminal Extension
Following the extension of the North Terminal in 2012, we started a complete re-development programme to increase capacity and make better use of existing space in the terminal. Utilising new technology and improved processes was at the heart of everything we did.
The work concluded in 2016 following an intense 18-month construction programme, delivering a number of improvements.
- Created a new check-in area with the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone.
- Delivered a newly built security facility which allows 5,000 passengers to be security screened every hour.
- Upgraded our arrivals area with more space and improved passenger flow.
- Upgraded border zone with new e-gate technology
- Further investment was made into facilities such as lifts, escalators and the retail offering was a key component
Thanks to an investment of £80 million, with the re-design of Pier 5, we were able to create a two level pier with bigger gate rooms and better facilities for arriving and departing passengers. There are vertically separated arrival and departure routes smoothing passenger journeys and creating a more flexible and efficient operation for both our passengers and airlines.
One of the key objectives of the build was the redesign and modernise the stands, allowing Gatwick the flexibility to handle new and changing types of aircraft. Pier 5 can now accommodate seven large aircraft and 12 smaller aircraft, or a combination of both.
Through this work, the airport can handle an additional 30 flights a day, delivering increased efficiency and supporting airport growth, while helping to improve the performance of our airlines.
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Gatwick Airport began life in 1930 as a small flying club, but did not stay this way for long.
We have published our master plan which sets out how Gatwick could develop to meet demand in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years while ensuring operational resilience.