Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha touched down today at London Gatwick Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water salute.
Gatwick Airport has today announced the UK’s first trial of end-to-end biometrics - where personal data collected at the airport’s self-service bag drops will be recognised by new automated self-boarding gates - simplifying and speeding up the process for passengers and reducing the risk of human error.
London Gatwick has announced vacancies for more than 1,200 retail, restaurant, check-in desk assistance and luggage handling roles, further demonstrating the airport’s commitment to boosting employment in the local community.
Gatwick’s 300 airside vehicles are stationary 90 per cent of the time – as staff attend to aircraft and passengers – but a trial of electric-powered autonomous vehicles will soon see workers shuttled between popular locations on the airfield when it starts later this summer.
Thomas Cook Airlines has announced it will base an additional Airbus A321 aircraft at Gatwick Airport from May 2018, adding 140,000 seats per year from the sought-after London airport.
London Gatwick has announced Lesley Hall has been appointed to the position of environment, health, and safety director, while Bronwen Jones has been promoted to development director.
London Gatwick has experienced the busiest January in its history, with 2.8 million passengers travelling through the airport, an increase of 1.4 per cent year-on-year.
London Gatwick ended 2017 with its busiest December on record, as 3.2 million passengers travelled through the airport during the festive month, an increase of 1.5 per cent year-on-year. A total of 45.6 million passengers used the airport in 2017, up 5.2 per cent on 2016.
British Airways stepping its operations at Gatwick, with summer 2018 is set to see the airline’s biggest schedule there in almost a decade. In summer 2017 the airline operated around 1,000 flights a week at its peak.
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever November as 2.9 million passengers travelled through the airport last month, bringing Gatwick to 45.5 million annual passengers.
Gatwick has launched a new app offering passengers personalised flight alerts, real-time queue updates for check-in and security, intuitive navigation using beacon technology, and shopping, restaurant, and airport offers.
Gatwick has announced the appointment of Bechtel to deliver the airport’s largest single investment as part of its continued commitment to transform and grow sustainably.