Gatwick Ready For A380

GATWICK AIRPORT has been granted planning permission by Crawley Borough Council to handle the giant Airbus A380 aircraft.  The airport says that £43 million (US68$m) has already been invested in six new large aircraft stands, two of which can accommodate the A380, helping Gatwick to compete on an equal footing with other London airports for long-haul carriers flying the super jumbo.
A Gatwick Airport statement said that: “Flying on a double-decker jumbo to far-flung places is considered a ‘must’ experience for many passengers, but currently Heathrow is the only London airport to have scheduled A380 flights.  This reduces the choice available to many leisure and business travellers for whom Gatwick is their local airport.”
Now that Gatwick has the go-ahead to commercially operate the A380 its management team says it can: “ramp up” its discussions with airlines that currently fly them and with airlines which have placed orders for them.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO said: “The Airbus A380 represents the future of long-haul aviation.  It’s modern, more efficient and uses less fuel per passenger and we want Gatwick to be at the centre of this exciting new era of long-haul travel.
“We are pouring £1 billion into Gatwick to improve the infrastructure, modernise the airport facilities, improve customer service, bolster the rail links and drive competitive rates for airlines to encourage more passengers and airlines to the airport.  If we can bring the A380 and other large aircraft to Gatwick, passengers will have even more reason to choose to fly to and from our airport and help us on our journey to becoming the London airport of choice.”
Under new ownership, Gatwick is targeting growth to at least 40 million passengers per year by 2018 – an increase of 20% from its current 32.5 million passengers per year.  Its management team syas operating larger aircraft is just one way in which Gatwick plans to drive up traffic at the airport.