Boeing engineering facility at Gatwick Airport

Boeing’s £88m Gatwick engineering facility gets the green light

The new engineering facility will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul at Gatwick Airport for its European commercial airline customers. 

Boeing has said it believes the £88m project will create around 100 direct jobs and an additional 100 indirect jobs in the area. 

Planning permission was granted late on Wednesday (18 Oct) by the local authority and Boeing expects construction to start at the facility later this year, ahead of an early 2019 opening. 

Building the facility is expected to support 475 jobs and contribute around £80m of gross value added (GVA) to the local economy around the airport. 

Over the first two decades of operation, Boeing believes the hangar’s activities will generate a further £135m in GVA in the Gatwick area. 

Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland, said: “The UK is a crucial country for us and represents a prime location for our business supporting airlines in Europe and beyond.

“We have doubled our UK workforce over the last five years and this new development would continue this growth trajectory into the future, delivering prosperity to this country in partnership with the UK industry and our customers.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s COO, said:“Since coming into independent ownership, Gatwick has achieved record levels of growth in the numbers of passengers and flights supported by more than £1.3bn of investment in infrastructure, technology and passenger facilities.

“This new partnership with Boeing will help us to ensure that we can continue to grow and support our operations – especially in our burgeoning long haul services – and provide world class facilities for our airlines.”

This development follows the news that Boeing is set to open a new £20m production facility in Sheffield to manufacture high-tech components for it’s next-generation aircraft.

You can read more about the Sheffield development here.

Published: 20 October 2017

Article by Bryce Wilcock
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