April 06, 2016

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Gatwick Airport chooses Anaplan to optimise forecasting for an expected 41 million passengers

Largest single-runway airport in the world is now able to simulate capacity fluctuations in real time

San Francisco, April 6, 2016 – Gatwick, the world’s largest single-runway airport, has implemented Anaplan to harness greater speed and accuracy across its entire passenger forecasting operations. With the introduction of the Anaplan platform, teams across the business now have access to one source of passenger information and the ability to simulate multiple future scenarios.

Gatwick is leveraging Anaplan’s forecasting capability to predict and optimize complex demand planning on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis as 41 million passengers are expected to travel through the airport’s facilities this year.

David Harpur, Head of Sales and Operations Planning at Gatwick Airport, commented: “Passenger forecasting is at the center of everything we do, and with Anaplan, we now have the potential to run intricate scenarios in a matter of seconds. Anaplan will also provide greater robustness and the integrity of data we desire.”

Harpur also commented: “One of the major factors, beyond the product itself, was finding a partner that would work at the same velocity and with the same ambition to grow as us. In Anaplan, we have found this match and the ‘get up and go’ culture they have, constantly supporting us to be bigger and better, is certainly something that resonates strongly with the team here.”

Ian Stone, UK and Ireland Managing Director, Anaplan, added: “Global travel is a dynamic and complex industry in which forecasting has rapidly risen to the top of the agenda to model and optimize processes efficiently. We are excited to work with Gatwick Airport and support their growth ambitions.”

About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 40 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

The Government has indicated it will make a decision this year on whether Gatwick airport should be expanded. Gatwick’s second runway will deliver the UK the same number of passengers, the same number of long-haul routes, better UK and regional connections, and the economic boost the UK needs, all at a dramatically lower environmental impact, at less than half the cost of Heathrow, and with no public subsidy.

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