A plan to build a new hangar at Gatwick Airport has been granted permission to go ahead by Crawley Borough Council. Work on the development, led by Boeing and backed by the airport, will start later this year and will be completed in early 2019.
The hangar will add on-site engineering and maintenance capability for operators of Boeing aircraft, including short haul Boeing 737 aircraft and a growing long haul fleet of 747, 777, and 787s currently using the airport. The route network from LGW, south of London, is growing rapidly and now encompasses more than 60 long-haul destinations. New services to Denver, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and Singapore recently commenced or have been announced and will be flown by Boeing aircraft, ensuring the new MRO facility will play an important role in supporting long-haul operations. It will also support Boeing’s Global Fleet Care customers, a flexible fleet engineering, materials and maintenance service tailored used by more than 60 carriers around the world.
Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson, said: “Gatwick’s partnership with Boeing will deliver a boost to jobs on the airport as well as providing close service support to Gatwick’s growing long and short haul Boeing fleet. This will help ensure that Gatwick’s record growth can continue and our global network can continue to expand.
“The hangar will provide a new level of on-site engineering capability which supports our airlines here in the UK. Initiatives like this are ever more vital as we strive for continued operational efficiency as we respond to the demand from airlines and passengers for more services at Gatwick.”
The new multi-million pound hangar facility, which will be located in the North West zone of the airport, is expected to support more than 200 jobs at Boeing and its suppliers in the region surrounding the airport.
Photo: Boeing’s Gatwick hangar is due to open in early 2019. (Gatwick Airport)