Boeing and London Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW) have announced plans to build a commercial aviation maintenance hangar at the airport.
The proposed facility, subject to local authority planning permission, would support Boeing’s European GoldCare customers. Utilised by more than 60 airline customers, GoldCare is a flexible set of fleet engineering, materials and maintenance services tailored for airlines and managed by Boeing. The facility will also add engineering capacity at Gatwick to support airlines as the airport continues its growth in both short and long haul services.
“This is an important investment for Boeing as we commit still further to our customers in the UK and across the European region, said Mike Fleming, Vice President of Fleet Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “We look forward to working with Gatwick Airport, the local authority and regulators to support our customers in Europe through our world-class commercial aviation services business.”
The multi-million-pound facility is expected to support more than 100 jobs at Boeing and its suppliers in the Gatwick area.
“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,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer. “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.”
Gatwick Airport said it will complete an environmental study before the proposed plan is brought before the Local Planning Authority for review. Subject to approval of the plan, Boeing would begin construction in late 2017 and open for operations in 2018. The two organisations say the precise nature and location of the hangar on the Gatwick site will be announced at a later date.