Gatwick’s self-service bag zone to open in the North Terminal this October

Phase one of Gatwick’s £1 billion investment is set to open in the North Terminal this October.

Phase one of the World’s largest self-service bag drop zone will open on 20 October, following a two-week test period. Phase two will open in April 2016. By April, the check-in hall will offer a better layout, more space and will have a peak check-in capacity of 4,350 passengers – currently capacity is 3,000.

Speeding up capacity will be 48 self-service bag drop units – 28 of which open this month – allowing passengers to weigh their luggage, print their own luggage label and load it onto the baggage sorting system. The process should take less than two minutes.

Speaking about the North Terminal transformation, Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate said, “Gatwick has added eight million passengers since we came into private ownership in 2009, and we are about to reach the 40 million mark. This is a decade ahead of industry predictions and we will continue to grow.

“While we wait for a decision on building a new runway, we are investing billions to ensure we can grow from our existing infrastructure, but this will only take us so far.

“Gatwick remains the best and most deliverable option for expansion – we can go from the World’s most efficient single runway airport to the World’s most efficient two-runway airport while limiting the impact on the environment.”

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