GIP will retain a controlling shareholding in Gatwick Airport
Paul McLoughlin, the managing director for Sixt Rent A Car, UK, said, 'Sixt are thrilled to be moving into Gatwick Airport
. It's an important milestone in our ongoing growth across the UK.
BAA, part of Spanish transport infrastructure group Ferrovial (MCE:FER), agreed in October to sell Gatwick Airport
to an entity controlled by GIP for GBP1.51bn.
London Gatwick Airport
is gearing up to receive around 1.5 million people travelling through the airport this festive season, from December 17, 2012, to January 2, 2012.
BAA announced in September 2008 that it was planning to sell Gatwick Airport
, prior to the completion of the UK Competition Commission's market investigation into UK airports, according to the company.
Ben Green, the head of piers and infrastructure at Gatwick Airport
, said, 'Over the last two years we have been transforming Gatwick, both in the service we provide and structurally to become London's airport of choice.
The event is part of Gatwick Airport
's Community Engagement programme, which focusses on positive engagement with local communities and supporting projects that have a lasting, positive impact on large numbers of local people across the region.
A spokesman for Gatwick Airport
said: "We have been reassured by ICTS that the mitigation plans in place mean that flights will not be impacted at Gatwick."
Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport
, said: "Over the last year, we have achieved strong passenger growth matched by a reduction in our local noise footprint; robust financial results matched by record levels of investment back into the airport; and growing global connections fuelling increased trade and tourism opportunities."