Jamie’s Italian, the casual dining chain spearheaded by Jamie Oliver, hopes to open its first transport hub site later this year at Gatwick Airport, M&C Report understands. The chain is thought to be close to securing a site airside at the airport’s North Terminal for a 200-cover restaurant, which will also include a bar and running alongside it an express deli delivering a food-to-go option. The site will provide further international exposure for the brand, which is looking to ramp up its overseas presence. The group, which is led by Simon Blagden, plans to open six sites in the UK this year taking its estate to 30, plus its first restaurant in continental Europe. The chain, which currently operates 24 sites in the UK and one each in Dubai and Australia, will open its first restaurants this year in Manchester and St Albans this month It has also secured sites in Edinburgh, Norwich and York. The group is to ramp up its international expansion this year, with openings in Ireland, Germany, Russia and Sweden targeted. It is understood that a deal to open its first site in Moscow this autumn with the Ginza Project is close. The group recently formed a new company, Jamie’s Italian North America, to oversee it launch and growth in the US and Canada. Davis Coffer Lyons is adviser to Gatwick Airport’s food and beverage offer.