Emirates has given Gatwick a 15 per cent capacity boost, after announcing it’s to launch its A380 service from the airport, businesstraveller.com reports.
The announcement comes after Gatwick invested some £6.4 million into becoming A380 compliant – so its passenger capacity could increase without the need for additional runways or terminals. The investment included widening runway taxiways and modifications nearer the stand.
In changing from Boeing 777s to A380s, Emirates could take around 60 more passengers on each flight. Not only that, passengers can also enjoy a superior onboard product, whether they are in premium or economy.
Whilst the current Emirates service will only run from Dubai to London, it could also bring in new visitors from much further afield, who stop off in the UAE for a connection. It should also align Gatwick much more closely with Heathrow and Manchester, which already offer passengers the A380 services.
Making the announcement, chief commercial officer of London Gatwick, Guy Stephenson, told buyingbusinesstravel.com: “The A380 is one of the modern marvels of aviation engineering and as such we have dedicated part of Gatwick’s £1 billion investment in transforming its infrastructure, creating a stand designed specifically with the world’s largest aircraft in mind.
“We are pleased to welcome a scheduled A380 service with Emirates, an airline that Gatwick has a long history with.”