London Gatwick has appointed consulting group TSE Consulting to help it become the airport of choice for the London 2012 Olympics.
Airport bosses are keen for Olympic teams and National Olympic Committees to use the airport before and during the Games.
Gatwick already has good airport transfers to and from London, but bosses at Britain’s second largest airport have said they will invest around £1bn improving services.
Upon arrival, National Olympic Committees and teams will be met and greeted at the air bridge. Staff at the airport will then assist the competitors and delegates through a fast immigration processing procedure, support with baggage and organise transfers to their final destination
The airport has already facilitated leaders from the G20 Summit, and looks after a number of sports teams when they are on their travels. These include current Premier League champions Chelsea, as well as the New Orleans Saints, and Miami Dolphins.
The GB Team returning from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens flew back to Gatwick.
Jasper Perry, director of TSE Consulting United Kingdom, said: “We are honoured to have been appointed by London Gatwick Airport.
This project combines our expertise in helping NOCs prepare for the Games and helping regional partners such as LGA (London Gatwick Airport) to optimise their own involvement when such a major event is being hosted.”
Around 70 airlines currently fly to Gatwick Airport from 90 countries around the world. The airport, which is just 28 miles from London, handles around 34 million passengers every year.
Copyright Press Association 2010