London Gatwick airport’s North Terminal is undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment, designed to “transform [the] passenger experience”.
This follows the airport’s new branding and vision, launched in April.
More than £10 million has been invested in terminal improvements, with the project scheduled to be completed early next year.
While preparation works began in late May on the “first major overhaul” of the departure lounge since it opened in 1988, the bulk of the project begins this week.
A modernised departure lounge will include new flooring and “contemporary seating”, with all seats including power points.
There will also be a sustainable planting scheme, while local artwork will depict scenes of the surrounding region.
Gatwick added that there will be “improved sightlines and wayfinding” to enhance the orientation experience.
The airport will also welcome several new retailers and restaurants, including The Breakfast Club and BrewDog, later this year. This follows the recent opening of WHSmith’s first store under its new curi.o.city concept.
Rachel Bulford, retail director at London Gatwick said:
“It’s important that we create a unique sense of place for our passengers, not only through our retail and restaurant provision, but also the look and feel of the departure lounge. We want to recognise Gatwick’s location as a London airport, while also celebrating being in the heart of the South East and all the fantastic things the region has to offer.”
Additionally, the airport stated that it is preparing a planning application to bring the Northern Runway into regular use (for departures only) alongside its main runway.
The upgrade of Gatwick airport rail station is also set to be completed later this year.