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Gatwick outlines £1.1bn upgrade

Gatwick north terminal

Gatwick Airport is ramping up efforts to increase its capacity with plans to spend £1.1bn over the next five years.

Along with existing funding, Gatwick Airport says it now has more than £3bn to help boost its capacity with projects such as its Pier 6 extension, which Bechtel is engineering. Amey, Jacobs, Ramboll, RPS and WSP are all part of the airport’s five-year consultancy framework.

Gatwick’s rolling five-year investment programme, updated each year, will see schemes such as enabling works for the planned Gatwick rail station upgrade, a new domestic arrivals facility and a new Boeing aircraft hangar in place by 2023.

Gatwick pier 6 western extension

Gatwick pier 6 western extension

Source: Gatwick Airport

The airport also hopes to build a second runway, which it says would be as well as, rather than instead of, rival airport Heathrow’s third runway.

Last week transport secretary Chris Grayling gave his blessing to airports to make the best use of their existing capacity as Cabinet gave Heathrow expansion the green light.

“Gatwick is a major piece of national infrastructure, and our continued growth and ability to attract long-haul airlines is vital for the health of the UK economy, particularly in a post-Brexit world,” said Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate.

“Looking beyond this capital investment programme, we welcome the Government’s support for airports making best use of their existing runways and we will plan for our longer term future by developing a Masterplan later this year”.

Gatwick says it expects passenger numbers to rise to 53M by 2023. If a second runway at Gatwick were approved, Bechtel would deliver the £3bn - £7.8bn scheme, financed by the airport’s backers.

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