Boeing’s new maintenance facility got one step closer last night as Crawley Planning Committee approved the plans.
The multi-million pound facility will see the creation of over one hundred engineering jobs in the area.
Whilst the Crawley Planning Committee approved the proposed plans, it still has to go to full council for final sign off as there were some variations which affected the local plan.
It is thought the changes to the local plan will not hinder the full council to approve the facility which is made up of a new hangar, aircraft apron, storage area and vehicle parking as well as other associated works.
The new facility, once finally approved will add support to Gatwick’s airline community’s operational needs and allow a continued growth in short and long haul services.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said:
“The planned Boeing maintenance facility at Gatwick will provide high quality local engineering employment and help secure the airport’s successful future. It’s a proposal that I support as good for Crawley.”
Peter Smith cabinet member for planning and economic development said:
“Absolutely delighted for Gatwick and for Crawley and Crawley people that Boeing have chosen us for their new engineering base. It is a vote of support for the skilled employment resource that Crawley offers.”
Back in November last year Gatwick announced the proposal with Gatwick Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson saying:
“Since coming into independent ownership, Gatwick has achieved record levels of growth in the numbers of passengers and flights supported by more than £1.3bn of investment in infrastructure, technology and passenger facilities.
“This new partnership with Boeing will help us to ensure that we can continue to grow and support our operations – especially in our burgeoning long haul services – and provide world class facilities for our airlines.”