· Crawley Borough Council approves Boeing plan to build hangar at Gatwick
· Multi-million pound development will support more than 100 jobs at the airport
· Facility will open in early 2019 to support Gatwick’s long and short haul fleets
Boeing’s proposed plan with Gatwick Airport to build a new aircraft hangar has been granted permission to go ahead by Crawley Borough Council, with full works scheduled to commence later this year.
The facility will be fully operational in early 2019 and will add on-site engineering and maintenance capability for operators of Boeing aircraft at Gatwick, including short haul 737 aircraft and Gatwick’s growing long haul fleet of 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said:
“This is the right decision for the future of a successful Gatwick and high quality jobs for the Crawley area.”
Cllr Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic development said:
“I am delighted that Crawley Council members voted to support Boeing’s £88 million investment in Gatwick and Crawley. This should bring forward 220 jobs in the Crawley area, many of which will be high tech jobs and up to ten apprenticeships a year. This is a big vote of confidence in Gatwick and Crawley and further supports the Councils efforts to support business in the Crawley area.”
Councillor Francis Guidera said:
“I am very proud to have spoken in favour of and voted in favour of Boeing’s now successful planning application, tabled at the full council meeting yesterday, the 18th of October.
Gatwick will now host the ONLY Boeing 787 service and maintenance hangers in Europe!
The importance of this cannot be overstated, and our willingness to accommodate Boeing by varying our local plan for this exceptional circumstance means we have secured potentially 200+ well paying tech / engineering jobs for Gatwick and the Crawley and wider area.
I will repeat what I said to the Boeing representative at the meeting;
“I’m not sure whether to thank Boeing for choosing Gatwick and Crawley or congratulate them on their (wise) decision to choose Gatwick and Crawley!”
Apprenticeships, high-paying tech and engineering jobs, prosperity for Gatwick, future-proofing Gatwick airport… the decision for me was absolutely clear.
This is a fantastic step forward!”
Gatwick’s route network is growing fast, and the airport is in the Premier League of European Airports that serve more than 60 long-haul destinations. With new services on Boeing aircraft to Denver, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and Singapore recently commenced or announced, this new hangar will play an important role in supporting Gatwick’s long-haul network as it continues to grow.
The new hangar facility will support the Gatwick airline community’s immediate operational needs which, in turn, will help the airport to continue its record growth in both short and long haul services. It will also support Boeing’s Global Fleet Care customers. Utilised by more than 60 airline customers around the world, Global Fleet Care is a flexible set of fleet engineering, materials and maintenance services tailored for airlines.
Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson, said:
“Gatwick’s partnership with Boeing will deliver a boost to jobs on the airport as well as providing close service support to Gatwick’s growing long and short haul Boeing fleet. This will help ensure that Gatwick’s record growth can continue and our global network can continue to expand.
“The hangar facility will provide a new level of on-site engineering capability which supports our airlines here in the UK. Initiatives like this are ever more vital as we strive for continued operational efficiency as we respond to the demand from airlines and passengers for more services at Gatwick.”
The new multi-million pound hangar facility, which will be located in the North West zone of the airport, is expected to support more than 200 jobs at Boeing and its suppliers in the region surrounding the airport.
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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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