London Gatwick Airport Increases Capacity of World’s Busiest Runway

By Paul Riegler on 16 December 2014
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DSC_0470Gatwick, the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow and which has the world’s busiest single-use runway, announced it installed new technology that will allow it to significantly increase its runway capacity.

By implementing Amadeus’ Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal, the airport says it will be able to now handle 55 flights per hour on its runway, allowing it to accommodate an additional two million passengers per year, roughly a 6% increase. In 2013, 35.4 million passengers passed through Gatwick, according to figures from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The Amadeus portal provides Gatwick personnel with aggregated views of the status of airport activities, using real-time flight, passenger, and other pertinent operational data. According to the developer, it can predict future flight problems over a three-to-four hour period such as identifying which flights might be delayed and what can be done to minimize the impact of the delay.

Gatwick is a hub for British Airways, which along with EasyJet are its two dominant airlines. Other airlines that fly out of the airport include Garuda Indonesia, Swiss, Turkish, and Vietnam.

The airport has a history of using technology to improve the passenger experience and, using technology, has brought the wait time for 95% of passengers to clear security to five minutes or less, according to its CIO, Michael Ibbitson.

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