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Gatwick underlines commitment to growth

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Gatwick Airport has selected Arup, Atkins and Jacobs for a new five-year planning framework as it prepares for its biggest year of investment.

These three infrastructure specialists will be called upon to work with the airport on capacity assessments as it analyses future growth from existing infrastructure.

The airport is halfway through a £2.5bn programme of transformation, designed to improve passenger experience and plans to spend £240m on the airport in the year ahead.

The airport is currently handling 44 million passengers a year, way ahead of predictions, with significant growth coming from long-haul, combined with successful airlines such as easyJet and Norwegian making Gatwick their base.

Gatwick’s chief planning officer Tim Norwood, said: “The award of this framework sends a clear message that Gatwick is committed to continued growth, despite the constraints of the single runway and our existing infrastructure.

“We will always look for clever ways to improve passenger processes while being focussed on what people want, and it’s important to work with specialists in this field to understand some of the critical flows of the airport”.

During the 5-year framework the firms will look to deliver capacity analysis and simulation modelling of passenger and baggage flows to improve efficiency and operating capacity.