Official opening of Gatwick’s new £80 million Pier 5

Gatwick’s new Pier 5 was officially opened yesterday by Caroline Ansell MP.

The £80 million pier is a fundamental park of the transformation of Gatwick’s North Terminal and offers larger gate rooms and better facilities for passenger. It also enables arriving and departing passengers to be kept separate.

Compared with the old pier 5, the new pier will be able to accommodate a maximum of seven large and 12 smaller aircraft, or a combination of both, enabling Gatwick to handle an extra 30 flights per day – approximately 4,200 passengers per day.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Since coming into private ownership six years ago, we have invested more than £1 billion in transforming and growing Gatwick and, to accommodate our growth, we are set to invest another billion.

“Total passenger numbers have grown by nine million over this time – today, 40 million people choose Gatwick each year and we have achieved 34 successive months of growth. To keep pace with this unprecedented growth, we need to be smart about how we work with our existing infrastructure while we wait for a Government decision on airport expansion.

“Our investment programme is all about driving that growth, and Pier 5 will be a significant contributor, allowing us to handle greater volumes of aircraft and passengers.”

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