London Gatwick today unveiled its revamped South Terminal as part of a £21 million investment programme.

The relaunch sees the opening of ten shops, including luxury leather goods specialist Aspinal of London and jewellers Ernest Jones (pictured below), neither of which has had a branch in a UK airport before.

Among the other stores opening their doors in the departure lounge are Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Case.

LGW South Terminal Ernest Jones

Harrods is scheduled to open a new 560 sqm department store focusing on fashion and accessories on August 1.

Later this year, a further 12 new or refreshed shops will complete the transformation of the South Terminal departure lounge.

Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said: “As part of our multi-million investment programme, we have spent £21 million transforming the South Terminal International Departure Lounge into a state-of-the-art retail space.

“This is a huge step forward in improving the experience for our passengers and transforming Gatwick into London’s airport of choice, as well as setting the benchmark for airport retail in the UK.

“Around 93 per cent of our passengers visit a retail outlet before boarding and 86 per cent will make a purchase so we need to offer them the right mix of services and products – whether it’s a luxury department store, family restaurant or high street favourite.”

LGW South Terminal World Duty Free

Sheen added that LGW has focused on technology in the stores – including digital screens in Ernest Jones, and tablets in Dixons encouraging passengers to browse their complete range of products.

A marketing campaign to tie in with the new openings in the South Terminal has been launched, giving passengers the chance to save “up to £400”. For more details, click here.

Gatwick’s North Terminal retail space is also being redeveloped. The world’s first Ted Baker accessories-only store recently opened there as did new branches of Fat Face, Boots, Lacoste and Superdry.

Graham Smith