Gatwick puts off pier expansion until 2022

Gatwick has confirmed that the largest plank of its airport construction programme has been suspended until at least 2022.

The planned doubling in size of Pier 6, one of the buildings where aircraft dock, has been put on hold as a result of declining income due to the coronavirus crisis. Bechtel was appointed delivery partner on the £180m project, designed to accommodate an increase in passenger numbers, in 2017.

In a statement, Gatwick said that enabling works – including realigning taxiways and stands – had been completed this year and construction works had started, but the main job has now been postponed.

Gatwick, which is majority-owned by Vinci, reported a £343.9m pre-tax loss for the first six months of 2020. It made a £59.4m profit in the same period last year.