Five year plans | Gatwick Airport

Five year plans

What's next in our plans for improving the airport?

Every year we publish our Capital Investment Programme - a five-year rolling plan which sets out the airport's investment strategy to improve facilities and services over the next five year period. 

The total investment in Gatwick since 2009, including the new five-year plan has risen to £3.21 billion. 

Capital Investment Programme 2019 to 2024

We will invest £1.11 billion over the next five years, with £274 million planned for 2019/20 alone.

We are also committed to exploring how to grow sustainably, while supporting the local and national economy, improving facilities and continuing to transform services for our passengers. 

Our 2019 Capital Investment Programme (CIP)

The single biggest project to be delivered within the next five years is the extension of our North Terminal departure gate rooms. We will be building eight new gate rooms, as well as new coffee shops and retail outlets. This will improve the experience for over half a million additional passengers each year, as they will be able to embark and disembark their aircraft directly into the airport terminal. The design incorporates automated boarding technology which uses biometrics to process passengers through e-gates straight onto the aircraft. 

Several new projects are identified within this CIP, and we are also exploring some exciting emerging projects. 

New projects included in the five year plan 

  • Check-in automation – on-going investment in self-service bag drop technology for our airline customers.
  • Significant expansion of the international departure lounges in both North and South Terminals to create additional space for seating, retail and catering units, toilets and other passenger facilities. 
  • Biometric auto-boarding technology development.
  • Main runway technology optimisation – new technology such as Time-Based Flow Management, which is already deployed at other UK airports offers the potential to increase the capability of the main runway, creating opportunities for resilience and growth.
  • Rapid Exit Taxiway –a new taxiway which allows aircraft to vacate the runway at the optimum location, enabling the best usage and operational performance. 
  • Baggage auto re-flighting – on rare occasions when bags don’t make a flight connection, the re-flighting process will be automated, allowing it to be sent on without being first retrieved from the system
  • New car park in the North Terminal to provide 3,250 additional spaces from summer 2021.
  • Robotic car parking – a trial will begin this autumn in South Terminal offering passengers all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and making more efficient use of existing car park space. 
  • Railway station development – Gatwick will invest £37 million to complement the £150 million that the Department for Transport has committed to upgrade the station. Work starts in spring 2020 and is expected to take two years.
  • Infrastructure to support greater use of electric and hybrid vehicles by passengers and staff, in particular on the airfield.
  • Continued investment in security processing and technology to ensure the airport meets DfT standards, maintains a great passenger experience and operates as efficiently as possible.  

Emerging projects for this five year period 

  • Autonomous vehicles and Mototok – provision of electric and computer driven airside vehicles, including tugs which tow aircraft to stands. 
  • Auto-dock airbridges – exploring jetties or airbridges which do not require an operator to attach them to the aircraft. 
  • Automation of baggage handling – opportunities to utilise new technology in the baggage hall to reduce manual handling of luggage which supports staff wellbeing.
  • A new special assistance airside lounge for the South Terminal, similar to the popular North Terminal facility which opened in 2018.
  • More water fountains and recycling facilities - passengers have told us how important environmental issues are to them and that they value these facilities and would like more of them.