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18 Facts About Gatwick
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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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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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 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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