18 Facts About Gatwick


Gatwick Airport, known as London Gatwick, is a major international airport near Crawley, West Sussex, England, 29.

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In 2021, Gatwick was the third-busiest airport by total passenger traffic in the UK, after Heathrow and Stansted airports, and was the 36th-busiest in Europe by total passenger traffic.

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Gatwick opened as an aerodrome in the late 1920s; it has been in use for commercial flights since 1933.

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Land on which Gatwick Airport stands was first developed as an aerodrome in the late 1920s.

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BA's subsequent decision to de-hub Gatwick provided the space for EasyJet to establish its biggest base at the airport and to become its dominant airline.

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US Airways, Gatwick's last remaining US carrier, ended its service between Gatwick and Charlotte on 30 March 2013.

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Gatwick has a conference and business centre, and several on- and off-site hotels ranging in class from executive to economy.

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Gatwick had a 15-year lease on the building, scheduled to expire in June 2008.

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Gatwick operates as a single-runway airport although it has two runways; the northern runway can only be used when the main runway is out of use for any reason.

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Gatwick is unique amongst London's airports in its representation of the three main airline business models: full service, low-cost and charter.

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In March 2013, the airline announced that it would end operations at Gatwick, citing unsustainably high airport charges and increases in UK Air Passenger Duty.

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Gatwick was one of the world's first airports with an enclosed pier-based terminal, which allowed passengers to walk under cover to waiting areas near the aircraft .

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Gatwick believes that these terminal moves improve the airport's operational efficiency and resilience, as the use of different terminals by EasyJet and British Airways reduces pressure on the North Terminal's check-in, security, boarding and ramp areas at peak times.

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When ranked by global passenger traffic, Gatwick is 35th busiest internationally and the eighth busiest airport in Europe.

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Gatwick is the world's leading low-cost airport and until March 2017 had the world's busiest single-use runway, with a maximum of 55 aircraft movements per hour.

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Gatwick is accessible from the A23, which serves Horley and Redhill to the north and Crawley and Brighton to the south.

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Gatwick began upgrading its shuttle service in April 2008, with a bus replacement service in place from September 2009.

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Gatwick has been included in a number of reviews of airport capacity in southeastern England.

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