WILL HEATHROW EVER DELIVER ITS THIRD RUNWAY? IT IS STILL NOT A DONE DEAL SAYS AVIATION BROADCASTER JULIAN BRAY

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One of the main reasons for British MPs ( admittedly on a three line whip - only defied if you 'do a Boris' and suddenly decamp to foreign parts, or resign your cabinet post) to put their arm-twisted weight behind an expansion of Londons Heathrow Airport and plump for the creation of a third runway; is the presumption that Air Cargo is substantially increasing year on year and would be a major contributory factor in the quest for a third runway, and the need to deliver it to central London, writes the aviation analyst and broadcaster Julian Bray.

Parliament has backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs backed the government’s proposal in the House of Commons by 415 votes to 119.

The CBI called the vote a “truly historic” decision, claiming it will “open the doors to a new era in the UK’s global trading relationships.”
 
However, the move is set to face a barrage of legal challenges from a cross-party group of London councils, the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan and Greenpeace UK. Others are said to be considering entering the fray.   
 
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who boasted he would "lie down in front of the bulldozers" if the plans went ahead, wasn't present for the vote in Parliament...


The resultant wholesale demolition of Harmondsworth and other villages seemingly reduced to a sidenote, as is the major disruption to the west London motorway network and London ring roads for many years to come. 

But the latest IATA authoritative Quarterly Market Analysis  on Air cargo trends does not support this, as recent protectionist measures triggered by President Trumps executive orders and many other retaliatory measures introduced elsewhere, have clearly moved the goalposts in terms of future world trading patterns.  

Constantly throughout Heathrows submissions to the (costs £120million) Airport Commission is the recurring theme, that Air Cargo will more than justify the expansion of this landlocked airport, a location with no main railway access, so cargo shipments will have to arrive and be collected from the airport site by road.

This in turn will place an enormous extra demand on an almost already gridlocked West London motorway and ring road network.

It is fair to say that Heathrow are virtually mandated to spend as much money as possible on the this third runway campaign and the physical construction, as the very odd deal brokered with the Civil Aviation Authority  means the greater the spend by Heathrow then the greater will be the resultant income percentage reward to Heathrow for years to come. 

The airport owners make great play of the fact that it wants to be a hub airport but in reality that ship has already sailed, as new environmentally friendly hushed aircraft with substantially extended ranges are already rapidly replacing the aviation fleets of just a few years ago.

Wide-bodied aircraft at the end of an initial operating lease (and notionally with a good thirty years life remaining) are being taken back by the lessors, then routinely mothballed, parked up or broken up for spares, a time that has provided much of the evidential basis for the Airport Commission and the £120million (pause as you consider this point) the panel managed to rack up in costs to produce a 400 page or so document, that is deficient in so many areas, and seems to have left out volumes of detailed evidence that should have had a major bearing on its findings.

Simply the evidence gathering was pre President Trump and his protectionist outlook, and at a time when the UK was firmly committed to, and inside the European Union. Brexit was a term yet to be invented!

Simply whatever you read in the media or hear in Parliament,  this project is now to face a wall of litigation and the proposed delivery date of 2030 may never happen.

It could for example see by that time, VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) passenger and cargo aircraft or even drone technology scaled up, negating the need for long runways or even the need for any runway at all! Just consigned to be a part of yeterdays technology. Simply no one really knows.

Many regional airports with their substantially much lower overhead have already thumbed their noses at the idea of servicing an exclusive Heathrow hub, and have been busy forging major relationships worldwide creating a P2P (point to point) arrangement ie flying directly from a regional airport to the intended overseas destination, where onward flights can also optionally be picked up and in many areas at a far lesser ticket or consignment price. You might ask for example why Alitalia routinely take in some air cargo shipments at their Heathrow cargo shed depot then truck them by road and ferry to their Rome airport for onward delivery by air?!  

So whatever the politicians say, there is still no firm guarantee that Heathrow will ever happen the way the current owners and our MPs have suggested. Regional airports would be strongly advised to renew marketing and commercial efforts to develop their own point to point schedules.

Certainly Boeing have recently released a concept aircraft that will reduce the UK to New York journey time down to just two hours. Which on a bad day can be the taxi journey time from the centre of London to Heathrow ...

Simply the battle for Heathrows third runway isn't over. We've had the phoney war and parliament has green lighted the project but should the Government change, Labour are already on record as saying they want to review the whole matter again and who knows even take back the airport into public ownership. No one so far has addressed that particular 'elephant in the room'.  



IATA



 
IATA  Quarterly Cargo Market Analysis.
Key points:   
  • Year-on-year growth in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) slowed to 4.0% in the three months ended April, with freight volumes now having broadly tracked sideways in seasonally adjusted (SA) terms over the past six months.
  • The best of the upturn in air freight demand is now well behind us, and it is important to note that wider momentum in world trade also looks to be slowing in the face of a pick-up in protectionist measures.
  • Strong consumer confidence and bottlenecks in global supply chains should continue to lend support to air freight demand in the near term.
  • But business surveys currently point to annual FTK growth slowing further in Q3 2018.
  • The upward trend in cargo yields has moderated since the start of the year. However, the ongoing increase in daily freighter aircraft utilization should help to reduce average costs and to partly offset the impact of rising fuel prices.
View full report





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140,000 JOBS IN THE UK MAY BE AT RISK IF NO FIRM BREXIT DEAL IN PLACE AND AIRBUS FORCED TO EXIT UK FOR FRANCE



  Airbus Aerospace, employing about 14,000 people at some 25 sites in the UK, and many thousands more in France,  warned the UK Government, some three weeks ago, it could leave the UK altogether, if no firm Brexit deal is reached.

Aerospace in the UK annually generates some £11.7BILLION in tax revenues....

In addition, the firm is highly concerned that long-established EU safety certification will end next March, putting all UK manufactured product at risk, and at worst unable to be sold.

The company says that an internal review highlighted possible border and multiple access issues for the unfettered transit of their next generation wing sets, and as a result the firm is seriously considering moving all or part of the preparatory development research and subsequent manufacturing facility to France and elsewhere.

Airbus suggest that crashing out of the single market and customs union without a trade agreement and without a transition period - could easily cost it billions of pounds a week

Even if a deal is reached, Airbus maintain the two-year transition period set by government is far too short, forcing them to "refrain from extending" the number of UK suppliers it uses from now on.

"Far from 'Project Fear', this is a dawning reality for Airbus," the chief operating officer says. In addition an additional 100,000 plus jobs in UK suppliers, supply chain and UK contractors could also be seriously at risk if Airbus decamps to France.



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DOWTY PROPELLER 2015 FACTORY BLAZE SPURS NEW 2019 PRODUCTION FACILITY IN GLOUCESTER AS A TRIBUTE TO ITS WORKFORCE



Following an earlier 2015 major fire incident, Dowty Propellers, confirmed a decision to create a new facility in the Gloucester area. The company a subsidiary of the American  GE Aviation is a key manufacturer of aircraft propeller and digital control systems for both civil and military applications.

The development follows a fire in February 2015 which destroyed the Dowty operating headquarters and blade manufacturing facility. It is expected that the new site - subject to planning consents - located at Gloucester Business Park, Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, will be fully operational by the end of  2019. Some 380 employees will transfer from several interim properties around the county.


 When completed the new Headquarters will house both the business offices and production facility, along with the main UK repair and overhaul operation.

Dowty Propellers has also announced a £20m technology development project to deliver capabilities for both propeller systems and future propulsion systems. The project, Digital Propulsion, is match funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme, with a grant of £9.5 million, and overseen by Innovate UK.



Budget Airline posts shocking losses of £20.5m, Flybe Chief Executive Christine Ourmières-Widener said losses 'in line with expectations'


Budget airline Flybe posts losses at £20.5m against a "challenging aviation market" but "in line with expectations" .

Julian Bray the Aviation Expert writes: By all accepted fiscal standards these are shocking results, but in the aviation business not unexpected. Simply this European wide Regional style airline has traditionally offered far too many seats in larger jet aircraft, rather fully working its existing smaller capacity turbo-prop fleet, by reducing route capacity and reworking schedules accordingly.

Little can be done about the disproportionally high number of aircraft operating leases carried, but with sweeping management changes now in place, the airline does see a brighter future if its not derailed by politicians next March as the Brexit process reaches 'critical mass' and no-one has an answer for that!

The Flybe group's adjusted loss before tax was £20.5m. The airline said the losses were "in line with expectations" however these reflected issues including excess seat capacity in the short-haul market, a weaker pound, higher fuel prices and concerns over Brexit and general consumer and business uncertainty.

Flybe cut losses to £9.4m, but when adjusted for revaluation of aircraft loans and pre-existing operating lease provisions meant the adjusted loss before tax was much higher at £19.2m.
 
Astonishingly in a statement clearly designed to manage expectations Flybe Chief Executive Christine Ourmières-Widener said her first year at the helm had been marked by "significant progress".

"With our fleet size under control, we are already delivering improvements to passenger yield, load factors and revenue," she said.

"Our sustainable business improvement plan, launched last year, is enhancing the business in a number of key areas including, network decision-making, revenue management and commercial performance. Profitability has however been impacted by higher maintenance costs, IT investment and the poor weather in the final quarter.

"We now have a new senior management team in place, with greater aviation experience, and we are all focused on delivering the business plan through continued improvements to revenue, a renewed focus on cost reduction and therefore achieving profitability.

"There is growing awareness of the importance of regional air connectivity, not just to the economy and in connecting people, but also in connecting customers to long-haul services with increased interest from legacy carriers.

This is shown by the success of our new routes in Heathrow and the growth in our codeshares. Flybe has a unique position in UK connectivity and in its relationship with 9 million UK passengers.

"I look forward to a positive future and would like to thank all Flybe employees for their ongoing support and commitment."


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UK National Permit to Fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft can now be used in certain circumstances for remunerated commercial training and self-fly hire, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced.

          


UK National Permit to Fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft can now be used in certain circumstances for remunerated commercial training and self-fly hire, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced.

The move follows extensive consultation with the GA community. 

Owners of 'Permit' aircraft have always been allowed to undertake training in their own aircraft, as this is defined as non-commercial. Today's announcement now allows other pilots who do not own UK National Permit to Fly aircraft, to undertake post PPL flight instruction and self-fly hire using aircraft with a Permit to Fly.

Pilots who do not hold a licence cannot take advantage of the new rule to undertake ab-initio training in rented permit aircraft, unless it is 'Type Approved'. But, if the pilot already holds a valid licence for the same aircraft category, then remunerated flight instruction and examination is now allowed.

Ex-military aircraft that are operated under CAP 632 requirements are also not included under the new rules as they already operate under separate agreements.
 
The CAA made the announcement ahead of AeroExpo, the largest general aviation event of the year, taking place at Wycombe Air Park on 14th to16th June.

Mark Shortman, Policy Manager for the CAA's General Aviation Unit said, “This is another significant step forward in the delivery of the project portfolio within the GA Change Programme”.

The CAA will have a major presence at this year's AeroExpo to explain its current activities and recent regulatory developments. Members of the CAA's General Aviation Unit will be available over the course of the three-day event to answer queries from pilots, students and commercial organisations.

Full details of the new rule for the use of Permit to Fly aircraft for flight instruction and self-hire can be found here





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DRUNKS ON A PLANE ROUND TWO: Glasgow Airport has launched Campus Watch 2018 to remind air passengers that disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated.


Glasgow Airport has today (Wednesday, June 13) launched this year's Campus Watch drive ahead of the 2018 summer season to remind passengers that disruptive behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

Campus Watch was introduced in 2013 in partnership with Police Scotland to tackle disruptive behaviour at Glasgow Airport and provides training, advice and support to staff who interact with passengers on a daily basis. This includes check-in staff, security teams, bar and restaurant employees, retailers and airline crews.

One of the key aims of Campus Watch is early intervention. Staff across the campus are encouraged to report the details of any potential incident of disruptive behaviour to the airport's central control room through a dedicated phone.

This information, including passenger description and travel details, is shared with staff across the airport campus via a rapid text alert system.

In addition to this, Glasgow Airport has also invested more than £10,000 this year to introduce a new digital radio system to help disseminate live Campus Watch intelligence across the terminal in addition to the text system.
 
Disruptive behaviour can cover a broad range of offences and actions can range from a verbal warning to arrest. As an example, if an incident is alcohol related the passenger involved will be warned about their behaviour by Police Scotland officers, refused service across all retail and catering outlets and gate staff will be notified in advance of their arrival. Gate staff can then speak to the passenger and determine if they should be permitted to board the aircraft.
 
Glasgow also took the unprecedented step this week to launch a national advertising campaign to remind passengers of their responsibilities when travelling through the airport this year.
 
Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer for Glasgow Airport's parent group AGS Airports Ltd, said: "For many of our passengers, the airport experience signals the start of their holiday and there's nothing wrong with this. We want to ensure our passengers continue to enjoy a memorable but ultimately safe and disruption-free experience.

"While it's important to stress that the vast majority of passengers travelling through our doors do so responsibly and that incidents are extremely rare, Glasgow Airport continues to operate a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour.
 
"Our Campus Watch system is effective because we work closely with our airline partners, retailers, caterers and Police Scotland representatives to address and often pre-empt incidents of disruptive behaviour at the airport.

"While we've chosen our peak summer period to promote this drive, Campus Watch is a year-round initiative. Thanks to our early-intervention approach to challenging disruptive behaviour, we've a seen a significant reduction in the number of incidents during the first five months of the year.

"However, one incident will always be one too many, particularly as disruptive behaviour can disproportionately affect a large number of passengers on board an aircraft.   
 
"Campus Watch sends a clear message to what remains a very small minority of people acting in a disruptive manner that we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable behaviour."

 
Other steps taken at Glasgow Airport as part of the Campus Watch initiative include:

·         Police Scotland patrols at the drop-off area ahead of potentially problematic flights
·         New Campus Watch marketing material displayed across the airport
·         Airlines make airport-based Police Scotland officers aware of group bookings
·         Police Scotland officers make themselves known to large groups arriving at the airport
·         Duty free staff will also remind passengers the alcohol they purchase is for export only and cannot be consumed in the airport or on board an aircraft
·         Regular Campus Watch drop-in sessions held for staff to learn more and share experiences
·         Campus Watch forum made up of airport partners meets regularly

Sergeant Clare Riddoch, who heads up Campus Watch at Glasgow Airport, said: "We work with our airport, retail, catering and airline partners to ensure incidents of disruptive behaviour are few and far between.
 
"On the rare occasion someone is disruptive their behaviour can have a significant impact and cause concern and misery for a large number of passengers, particularly if the incident occurs on board an aircraft.
 
"By creating a single point of contact with Campus Watch and delivering consistent messaging and regular training, thousands of people employed across the airport work together to tackle disruptive behaviour as soon as it becomes an issue.

"Campus Watch works, so much so that we've welcomed representatives from a number of other UK airports to the terminal for an overview of the operation and they've incorporated our approach into their own programmes.
 
"Key to our continued success is ensuring that we always look at ways to improve. The new radio system is an example of this and ensures we communicate Campus Watch messages immediately as they happen.
 
"It's completely understandable that people want to start their holiday with a bit of fun, but they should always remember to behave appropriately and drink responsibly, making sure they're fit to fly. Being drunk or disruptive in the airport or on board an aircraft will certainly cost them more than just their flight."

Glasgow Airport, its airline partners, caterers and retailers are also signatories of the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers launched last year. Like Campus Watch, the code has been designed to create a common, consistent approach to preventing and minimising disruptive behaviour. 
 
Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said: "Glasgow Airport's Campus Watch initiative is a great example of our industry's commitment to tackling the problem of disruptive passengers. Thankfully incidents of disruptive behaviour are a very rare occurrence, with data from the Civil Aviation Authority showing that the number of incidents is stable despite record passenger growth.
 
"However, where they do happen the impact can have serious consequences. That is why initiatives such as these at Glasgow Airport are so important.
 
"The AOA and our airport members are part of the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers, which was developed with support from airport police, bars, restaurants and retailers as well as with airlines and the UK Government supports these efforts. The Code enables a common approach across UK aviation to ensure that everyone can enjoy a great start to their holiday.
 
"Together we make clear that disruptive behaviour, including due to excessive alcohol consumption, is not acceptable. Passengers should be aware that consequences of such behaviour could include losing a holiday because they are denied boarding as well as fines, flight bans and prison sentences for the most serious offences."
 

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HAINAN CHINA AIRWAYS AIRBUS A330-300 LAUNCHES DIRECT FLIGHTS BEIJING TO EDINBURGH (SOME VIA DUBLIN)

                          
   The first direct Hainan Airlines flight from Beijing,
China to Edinburgh, Scotland landed earlier today.

 
The direct flights from Beijing are the start of a twice-weekly schedule.
Th operators Hainan are confident the route will help attract thousands more Chinese tourists and students, in the process cutting the cost of airfares from Scotland as currently a connecting flight is involved.
The Chinese tourism market is important to Scotland as experts say that some £26.5million has already been 'banked'.
 
Hainan Airlines Pic: Brian Innes
In addition, two further weekly return flights via Dublin  will also a feature of the new schedule. 
An Airbus A330-300 will fly Beijing to Dublin and then onto Edinburgh, and then direct back to Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays.  On Tuesdays and Saturdays  flying direct to Edinburgh and then Dublin and then back to Beijing.
 
Hainan Airlines Pic: Brian Innes            
Fiona Hunter, Edinburgh-China Air-link project manager speaking to the BBC said: "Securing a global flight connection on this scale is hugely encouraging of the capital's position as an outstanding place to visit, live, work, study and invest.
"The flight path is the result of many years of hard work and is really just the start of the opportunity for Edinburgh. Based on our research we expect to see the number of flights increase quite significantly over the next few years, bringing with it even more investment and economic influence."
Sources: BBC, China Daily, CNS,


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Joint Statement of President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit


The x-treme gap holiday company boss Oliver Bray puts his own unique view on matters

This is the full (corrected) text of the statement signed earlier today ( 12 June 2018 ) at Sentosa Island

Joint Statement of President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of a new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that the mutual confidence-building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un start the following:

1.    The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two counties for peace and prosperity

2.    The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula

·  Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

·  The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit - the first in history - was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expediently. The US and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

June 12, 2018

Sentosa Island


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ROLLS ROYCE TO AXE 4,600 JOBS meanwhile BOEING 787 DREAMLINER ROLLS ROYCE TRENT AEROENGINES 'IN THE DOGHOUSE' AS NEW TECHNICAL FAILURES AND MULTIPLE GROUNDINGS REVEALED

Breaking News: Rolls Royce have today (Thursday June 14th) confirmed 4,600 UK jobs are to go, 600 of these in the next six months at the DERBY HQ 
- we previously reported from company sources - job losses would be around 4,000) over the next two years, in an attempt to reduce their costs by £400million
'Bad boy' Rolls Royce Trent 1000...


The iconic Rolls Royce brand is currently suffering a major new setback with its Trent B aero engine products and the cause appears to an unexpectedly ‘short life’ compressor in the Trent 1000 package C engine, which powers Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet.

The recurring problems, effectively grounding planes, forcing repeated inspections, and souring relationships with their major airline clientele.

If this is not bad enough, earlier this week (Monday) Rolls Royce uncovered on a “small number of high life Package B engines”, new issues requiring a one-off inspection of the B fleet and sending its shares down 1 percent, according to Reuters.

 

Analysts suggest Rolls’ full-year free cash flow target will not be impacted, but is 'inconvenient' as it has erupted as the group is poised to roll out the latest stage of CEO Warren Easts’ much needed major restructuring revenue protection program - said to increase profitability.
 
Not helping matters is that Farnborough International Airshow, where Rolls Royce traditionally has a major presence is just 39 days away (21st July 2018...) and is certain to be a major topic of interest.
 
The group is expected later this week to hold a capital markets day, some 4,000 job cuts in the UK, affecting support and management roles will be announced, as part of a wide ranging restructure. Currently some 50,000 people in 50 countries are on the payroll.

The latest grim news about the Trent compressor failures has forced airline customers to expensively lease in alternative planes to fly in the busy summer holiday period.  
 
One airline operating in the UK has unexpectedly cancelled its Summer transatlantic schedule, as delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner ‘has been delayed due to engineering technical issues outside of our control’  
 

The existing package C issue had led to around thirty of the affected aircraft being grounded at any one time for checks. These  British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand said earlier this month it would lease two Boeing 777s to cover for 787-9s that are affected by the Rolls engine issue.

Airlines using the package C engine also take the package B engine. Rolls say that some 380 package C engines are in service, while there are 166 package B engines in service.
 
But it seems engineering glitches are not just limited to Rolls Royce, elsewhere Primera Air has temporarily suspended flights from UK Birmingham to New York and Toronto from June 21st 2018 until 2019.
 
The low cost airline has blamed the cancellation on the late delivery of its long-haul A321neo from Airbus.


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LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2018 CLOCKS UP 60 YEARS AS A PREMIER INTEGRATED AIR, ROAD & RAIL HUB

Gatwick proposed a second runway,
only to be eclipsed by the Government
decision to back the Heathrow bid.

Saturday June 9th, marks a 60-year milestone for London  Gatwick Airport since it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 9th June 1958, the first airport in the world to effectively combine air, road and train travel in one place.
  
The construction project bill in 1958 - some four years after the Coronation was for the post-war UK - an eyewatering £7.8 million, and transformed Gatwick into an efficient integrated global travel hub. The project completed in just over two-and-a-half years.

It was the first airport to have an integral direct railway link, allowing passengers to enjoy a seamless transfer from train to airport terminal. 

The introduction of  the Boeing 747-400 Jumbo, added three runway extensions in 1964, 1970 and 1973 - to facilitate non-stop flights from the US West Coast.  Gatwick opened a  new control tower in 1984.  In the same year the Gatwick Express train service was launched.

In 1988, HM The Queen opened the £200m North Terminal, the main terminal renamed South Terminal. Ten years on, a fourth runway extension was completed, with easyJet’s residence at the airport starting the following year in 1999.

There were further extensions to both the North and South terminals, totalling £60million, followed by Gatwick building what was claimed at the time to be the biggest air passenger link bridge in the world,  some194m in length.

In 2012,  new owners Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) announced a £2.5 billion investment programme, 2012 also saw Emirates start its scheduled A380 service at Gatwick – making it one of the very few airports at the time that could accommodate the next generation of passenger airplanes.

 In 2017, in a massive logistical operation easyJet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all swapped terminals – all completed in just 72 hours.

Notable events in Gatwick’s history:   

1958: Official opening by Queen Elizabeth II
Following a £7.8 million renovation, Gatwick is officially opened by the Queen.

1964: Runway extended
Gatwick extends its runway by 370m to 2500m. By the next year, the airport has 3 piers, all nearly 300m long, and a terminal area of 9,300m2.

1970: Runway extended further
A second 267m extension of Gatwick's runway is completed, bringing it to 2,766m.

1973: Runway extended even further
The third extension of Gatwick's runway is completed, bringing it to a length of 3,098m and allowing for non-stop flights to the US west coast.

1984: New control tower and Gatwick Express launched
Gatwick opens its new air traffic control tower, the tallest in the UK at the time. The Gatwick Express is launched, while Virgin Atlantic’s first commercial flight takes off from Gatwick.

1985: BA begins commercial Concorde flights from Gatwick
The inaugural flight takes off to JFK.

1988: North Terminal opens
The £200m North Terminal is opened by the Queen.

1998: Fourth runway extension
Due to Gatwick’s increasing global connections, the runway is extended to 3316m.

1999: easyJet move in
easyJet begins operating from Gatwick.

2000: Terminals extended
Both terminals are extended at a cost of £60m.

2005: Making connections
Gatwick’s Pier 6 is built and connected to the airport by the largest air passenger bridge in the world.

2009: New owners
New owners, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) announces a £2.5 billion investment programme.

2012: Emirates
Emirates begins its scheduled A380 service at Gatwick.

2016: Making check-in easy
Gatwick opens the newly built Pier 1 in the South Terminal and the airport’s first early bag store. It also opens the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone in the North Terminal.

2017: Airline Moves
Gatwick’s three largest airlines move terminals, with easyJet consolidating its operations in the North Terminal, British Airways moving its operation to the South Terminal and Virgin Atlantic shifting to the North Terminal.
 


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