Gatwick Airport has today opened its £6.4M A380 stand, allowing it to accommodate the largest commercial aircrafts in the world.
Work began in June 2012 and required the widening of runways and exit taxiways and the reconstruction and reconfiguration of stand pavement.
“Gatwick is delighted to officially open its A380 stand today, marking an important milestone in the development and growth of the airport as a world-class aviation facility,” said Gatwick’s chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson.
“The new stand is a symbol of the major changes that have happened at Gatwick under new ownership. The fact we can now offer current and future airlines a pier-served facility for A380 aircraft demonstrates the scale of ambition we have for the future of Gatwick as we continue on our journey to compete and grow.”
BAA sold Gatwick to a collection of new owners led by Global Infrastructure Partners in December 2009. Since that time £900M has been invested in improving infrastructure and facilities.