Gatwick launched its new Pier 1 facility – a £186million project, which houses an entirely new baggage system for the South Terminal and state-of-the-art passenger gate rooms with views across the runway.

“Our new Pier 1 supports Gatwick’s mission to become London's airport of choice and helps the airport on its journey to become one of the most efficient in the world," said Stewart Wingate, CEO at  Gatwick.

The new replaces the old Pier 1 - which was originally opened by the Queen in 1958 - now also contains the airport’s first early bag store. The bag store allows up to 2600 bags to be checked up to 18 hours before departure – an initiative that improves convenience for passengers and also reduces queues by spreading out check-in times.

Four new taxiways have also been constructed – reducing delays on the airfield – with new dual boarding facilities reducing queues at the passenger gates.  A new lounge for premium passengers sits on top of the new Pier and boasts panoramic views across the airfield.