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World’s Largest Self-Service Bag Drop Opens at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport unveiled its new self-service bag drop in its North Terminal this month – the largest of its kind, anywhere in the world!

The bag drop, situated in the North Terminal, took 18 months to complete, at a cost of £36 million.

The colossal self-service bag drop uses 7,000 metres of cabling belt, 850 metres of baggage belt and 23 tonnes of conveyor – this will see the airport increase its self serve check-in capacity to 4,350 passengers per hour, up from the previous 3,000 it could handle.

Gatwick’s self-service bag drop is expected to be in high demand, as the airport continues to grow month on month. Close to capacity, the airport is making huge developments to improve the passenger experience; from check-in through to boarding. Recently its Departure Lounges were refurbished, giving passengers even greater choice for dining and shopping. 15 new e-Gates were installed in its North Terminal, as well as reconfiguring its Pier 5.