Five year plans | Gatwick Airport

Five year plans

Total investment in Gatwick will reach £3.14 billion with our new five-year plan

So 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. 

We expect to continue growing our long-haul operation and predict that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023.

Capital Investment Programme 2018 to 2023

We will invest £1.11 billion over the next five years, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 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 2018 Capital Investment Programme (CIP)

Wide-ranging projects are identified across the airport with a number of significant and exciting projects getting underway this year including:

  • Pier 6 Western Extension – Phase 1 works start with enabling Pier 5 to handle the A380 aircraft, so that it can move from its current home on Pier 6. This work will also involve the widening and reconfiguration of a taxiway to accommodate the 80-metre wingspan of the A380.
  • A new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim in South Terminal.  
  • A new mezzanine level extension in the North Terminal departure lounge to accommodate new restaurants.
  • Completion of the road system and taxiway entrance to the new Boeing aircraft hangar to connect the airfield with the new facility.  The new hangar opens next year and will service the growing number of long-haul aircraft operating from Gatwick.
  • Trial of biometric auto-boarding technology in the North Terminal and extending the roll-out of self-service bag drop across both Terminals.
  • Re-development of South Terminal hotel capacity.
  • Completion of the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018.
  • Projects to support greater use of electric vehicles, continuing to reduce the airport’s environmental impact and supporting our ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport.
  • Enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station.
  • Investment in joint equipment for ground handlers to use at Gatwick which drives efficiency for airfield and baggage operations.
  • New reception centre for passengers with reduced mobility in the North Terminal.