Gatwick is A380 Ready

Gatwick Airport has officially opened its new £6.4 million pier-served A380 stand.  To celebrate the occasion, on March 26, Emirates operated a one-off A380 aircraft into Gatwick, giving stand 110 on pier six the final stamp of approval.
The new stand now enables Gatwick to accommodate A380s – the world’s largest commercial aircraft flying today – on scheduled services in the future.  The airport says that as it continues to focus on making the most of its available capacity in the short and medium term, scheduled A380 services would provide more seats per aircraft and support growth in passenger numbers.
The Emirates A380 aircraft arrived as a scheduled passenger flight from Dubai.
Gatwick, which currently accommodates 34 million passengers per year, has around 25% spare capacity and is forecast to grow its passenger numbers to around 38 million by 2020.  As the world’s busiest single-use runway, increasing passenger numbers on board flights is a key element of the airport achieving its targets for growth going forward.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Gatwick is delighted to officially open its A380 stand today, marking an important milestone in the development and growth of the airport as a world-class aviation facility.
“The new stand is a symbol of the major changes that have happened at Gatwick under new ownership. The fact we can now offer current and future airlines a pier-served facility for A380 aircraft demonstrates the scale of ambition we have for the future of Gatwick as we continue on our journey to compete and grow.”