Gatwick gets the all-clear for Airbus A380
Wed, 20 Oct, 2010
London's Gatwick Airport has received the go-ahead to commercially operate the Airbus A380 aeroplane.
Crawley Borough Council granted planning permission to the airport, allowing construction to begin on six new large aircraft stands.
The double decker passenger jet is currently only available for passenger flights from London's Heathrow Airport but following the recent approval, Gatwick will step up its talks with airlines which use the aircraft.
Chief executive at Gatwick Airport Stewart Wingate welcomed the approval and told of the forthcoming improvements to facilities.
"We are pouring £1 billion into Gatwick to improve the infrastructure, modernise the airport facilities, improve customer service, bolster the rail links and drive competitive rates for airlines," he said.
Gatwick recently revealed a £53 million upgrade to its rail station facilities. Upgrades to the station include a new platform, improved passenger circulation, refurbishment of the concourse area and track and signal upgrades to improve reliability.