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Gatwick and Bechtel partner to deliver major construction

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         Gatwick investing £180 million in infrastructure and airfield efficiency

·         Pier 6 extension ensures service levels for record-breaking passenger growth

·         Bechtel appointed to manage construction delivery alongside Gatwick teams

Gatwick has today announced the appointment of Bechtel to deliver the airport’s largest single investment as part of its continued commitment to transform and grow sustainably.

As part of its current five-year Capital Investment Programme, Gatwick will invest a total of £180 million to more than double the size of Pier 6 in the North Terminal. Once complete, the project will ensure service levels and even greater operational efficiency in response to continued record-breaking growth of the airport.

Construction will begin once two major enabling projects are completed:

·         Moving the stand for the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the A380, from its existing location on Pier 6 to a newly created stand on Pier 5

·         Widening and re-aligning a taxiway to enable the A380 to move between the runway and its new stand so as to accommodate its 80 metre wing-span

Gatwick will build the Pier 6 extension under a Construction Management delivery model. Bechtel has been appointed because of its global expertise in delivering construction projects within complex working environments. Bechtel will be responsible for the management of engineering, procurement and construction works and will be integrated alongside Gatwick’s construction and development teams.

Gatwick’s Construction Director, Raymond Melee said:

“This is one of the most important programmes of work we have in our current capital investment programme as it will give a crucial boost to our operational efficiency and help us to grow sustainably. It will be complex, as it is right in the heart of our airfield, but we are experienced in delivering complicated projects in challenging environments at Gatwick. 

“We are grateful for the partnership with Bechtel whose experience will be invaluable. We look forward to our teams working side-by-side as we deliver a world class project while not compromising the airport experience for our passenger.”

Bechtel’s UK Managing Director, Paul Gibbs said:

“This appointment is a positive reflection of our partnership with Gatwick Airport. We know that construction in the middle of a very busy airfield can be complex, so we will be working alongside Gatwick’s operational teams to ensure the work is sequenced carefully and that the passenger experience is maintained throughout”

Gatwick and Bechtel are planning for works to start in 2018.The programme will be run in four phases, the last of which will be the building of the western extension of Pier 6 itself. It is due to be operational by the first quarter of 2022.

Gatwick is more than half way through a £2.7 billion programme of investment to transform the airport at every touch point for passengers (landside, terminals, and airside).

Pier 6 follows major transformation projects such as the re-development of the North Terminal, and the newly constructed Pier 1, as well as major works on Pier 5 to create a second level.

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Gatwick introduces new Shanghai route

“Long-haul connections to China and other non-European nations will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain” – Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

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Gatwick has today announced a new long-haul connection from London Gatwick to Shanghai – China’s largest city – as Gatwick say they recorded year-on-year long-haul growth of +20.8% during July.

The new service will be flown by China Eastern – the country’s second biggest airline – and will connect the UK to one of the world’s leading business centres, providing over 70,000 seats and more than 3,700 metric tonnes of new cargo capacity each year.

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Shanghai is seen as the showpiece of China’s dramatic economic growth and, like London, is a global financial centre. It is also the leading city driving the Yangtze River Economic Zone – a region accounting for 20% of China’s GDP and responsible for a third of the country’s imports and exports.

The launch of the new route follows the busiest July in Gatwick’s history, which saw the volume of cargo handled by the airport grow by +28.8% year-on-year as a direct result of its soaring long-haul growth.

Gatwick say their Asia routes grew by +134.8% compared with July last year, while the airport’s US connections continue to prove popular, with New York +67.5%, Boston +58.7% and Las Vegas +32.5%. Tampa saw a +5.3% increase in passenger numbers in July, ahead of the launch of new Norwegian flights from Gatwick to the Florida city this October.

The new China Eastern Airlines service to Shanghai will begin on 7 December 2018. The Airbus A330-200 will depart from Gatwick on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:00 and will fly to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said:

“I’m delighted to welcome China Eastern to Gatwick and look forward to the start of this vital new link to Shanghai which, like London, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important cities and business hubs. Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers travelling between the two economic centres, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.

 “July’s traffic figures demonstrate that Gatwick’s long-haul network is driving the airport’s growth. These connections to China and other non-European countries will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain as we become more reliant on them to generate vital growth through trade and by exploiting the other business opportunities that they provide.”

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