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Gatwick has begun demolishing one of the oldest parts of the airport in a £180 million improvement project.
The Sussex airport is knocking down Pier 1, which is Gatwick’s second oldest pier, at the South Terminal. It will be replaced by a new facility offering views across the airfield from departure gates.
As part of the project, Gatwick will also get a new baggage system including a storage facility allowing passengers to drop their bags as soon as they arrive at the airport rather than using traditional check-in desks. They will also be able to check bags on the day before they fly.
The redevelopment is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2015.
Gatwick’s chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Pier 1 has been in service since 1962, so the commencement of demolition works is a significant milestone in Gatwick’s ongoing transformation.
“The new pier and baggage project will provide passengers with a new and much-improved experience from check-in, right through to the panoramic views down the runway that can be enjoyed while waiting for a flight.”
Pier 1 handled 1.86 passengers during Gatwick’s last full financial year, which represents more than 5 per cent of Gatwick’s annual passengers. The new pier will be used for both domestic and international flights.