Gatwick Airport has revealed that Chris Woodroofe will become chief operating officer, driving the airport’s future growth and performance through infrastructure, technology and efficiency improvements. Currently head of passenger operations, Woodroofe has spent more than ten years at Gatwick and has a breadth of knowledge of the airport gained in a number of key roles including head of engineering and head of security and business continuity.
Gatwick Airport has announced its biggest-ever annual investment in development projects. The investment of £250 million for the forthcoming financial year is part of the airport’s £1.2 billion transformative capital investment plan to be spent over five years. Projects include the expansion of both North and South Terminal departure lounges and shopping facilities as well as a transformed railway station, working in conjunction with Network Rail, and more on-airport parking.
Gatwick Airport remains “ready to proceed” following the green-light for expansion at London Heathrow earlier. In a statement the airport said it “noted” the government announcement, but remains confident it could deliver additional capacity in the south-east quicker than its west London rival.
Chris Grayling, transport secretary for Britain, has revealed the long awaited decision about a new runway at one of London’s airports will finally be made on Tuesday. The proposals for expansion include a new runway to the north west of Heathrow Airport, an extension of Heathrow’s existing northern runway or a new runway to the south of Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick Airport has been accused of “blatant opportunism” over the closure of its final salary pension scheme by trade union Unite. The attack comes as the union serves notice that it will begin balloting its 1,800 members for strike action and action short of strike from next week.
Gatwick Airport has welcomed a new agreement between the UK and Chinese governments to more than double the number of permitted flights between China and the UK, paving the way for further opportunities to increase flights between Gatwick and China. Under the new deal passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100, helping to boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK.
Gatwick Airport has announced a strategic partnership with Bechtel to deliver a potential second runway at Gatwick by 2025. For the past two years Bechtel has been working with Gatwick Airport on developing a robust delivery programme, execution plan and logistics strategy to support the on-time delivery of a second runway and midfield terminal.
Gatwick Airport is now in a league of its own as it breaks its own record for the number of passengers travelling on a single runway - more than 42 million passengers now travel through the airport annually. This new record was achieved on the same weekend that Cathay Pacific’s new route to Hong Kong joins the airport’s wide range of long-haul connections, further boosting Gatwick’s links to China and the Far East.
Cathay Pacific Airways today saw its first flight take off from London Gatwick to Hong Kong. The only non-stop service connecting Gatwick and Hong Kong, it will also be Cathay Pacific’s first long-haul route in the UK to feature the brand new Airbus 350-900 aircraft. Ideally placed to serve both leisure and business travellers, the new four-times weekly service will operate from Gatwick’s South Terminal.
Low-cost airline Norwegian continues its UK expansion, by putting on sale two new routes from London Gatwick to Keflavik, Iceland and Rovaniemi, Finland. From October 30th, Norwegian will add its first UK service to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Three weekly flights will operate direct to Keflavik throughout winter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – perfect for a long weekend.
Gatwick Airport has achieved the busiest single month in its 80 year history as 4.6 million passengers travelled through the airport in July. The figure represents a 6.9 per cent increase on the same month last year. Long-haul routes continue their impressive growth at the airport, growing 23 per cent collectively versus last July, against a backdrop of traffic growth stalling at other major European airports, as reported by the Airports Council International this week.
Gatwick Airport is set to have a record-breaking summer with eight million passengers forecast to travel through the airport this holiday, up 6.6 per cent on summer 2015. During the summer holiday period the airport will welcome 50 per cent more passengers with children with 165,000 passengers travelling through during the busiest day this summer, August 14th, the busiest day ever for the airport.