The project will involve the demolition of the existing Pier 1 in the New Year to make way for the new building, to be completed by the summer of 2015.
The new building will house a new baggage system and new gate-rooms for passengers, and will be linked to five new aircraft stands by air-bridges. The project will also include taxi-way improvements on the airfield.
Pier 1 is one of the oldest in South Terminal, built in 1958. Its replacement is Gatwick’s largest capital investment since the change of ownership nearly three years ago.
The first phase of the project is already underway and will see a new hold baggage screening (HBS) system for the South Terminal in October 2012. This will allow passengers’ bags to be checked in at any one of the nine check-in zones and sent to any area of the existing and new baggage handling system.