London Gatwick deploys Google’s mapping services

Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world, has said that Google Indoor Maps and Indoor Streetview will now be available for all public areas across both its North and South Terminals.

With over 2,000 stitched images, Google’s Indoor Streetview of Gatwick will help passengers to take a virtual tour through its check-in areas, departure and arrivals halls, shops and restaurants, familiarising themselves with the premises even before they enter the airport. The maps are intended to help Gatwick’s 34 million passengers to make more effective use of their time at the airport, with location-aware navigation and route planning.

The largest implementation in Europe, Google’s interactive indoor maps of the Gatwick Terminal floor plans identify key areas of interest, including information hubs, charging points, play areas and toilets, to facilitate smoother and speedier journeys. Once inside the airport, passengers should be able to instantly identify where they are and then navigate their way around.

The services can be accessed using desktop browsers, android phones, IOS and tablets by logging onto the Google Maps website, the Google Maps App, or via the newly redesigned Gatwick website.

Michael Ibbitson, chief information officer at Gatwick Airport, says: ‘We’ve worked closely with Google to make these new mapping services as comprehensive and detailed as possible. As part of Gatwick’s £1.2 billion investment programme we’re continually looking to innovate and improve the passenger experience and this latest technological development will make it easier than ever for passengers to make a speedier trip or the most of their time at the airport.’