BAA GATWICK is investing ”100m in 12 pier-served aircraft stands for the North Terminal, the biggest development at the airport since the opening of the that area in 1988. The development, the first of its kind at any airport in the world featuring a bridge connecting the pier to the main building by spanning a live taxiway, is expected to come into use in spring 2005. Aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747-400 will be able to pass beneath. The bridge will provide a pedestrian link for passengers, with travelators and walkways in both directions, and a glazed fa”ade giving passengers unique and spectacular views across the airfield. The pier building itself will feature a range of shops and cafes. Gatwick currently handles around 30m passengers a year, a figure forecast to rise to around 40m by 2011/12.