Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second largest airport in the UK and the tenth busiest international airport in the world. There are currently around 80 airlines which operate from Gatwick's two terminals, serving over 220 destinations.


Gatwick is 2.7 NM north of central Crawley, West Sussex (originally Surrey), 24.7 NM (45.7 km; 28.4 mi) south of London. Gatwick is owned and operated by BAA, which owns and operates six other UK airports, including Heathrow, and is itself owned by an international consortium led by the Spanish Ferrovial Group.

In 1930 Gatwick Airport began life as a small flying club (Surrey Aero Club). Gatwick soon grew as a flying club.

During the Second World War, the airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry for use by the RAF, its area was later extended by further requisitioning to include part of Gatwick Racecourse.

Passenger numbers peaked in 2007 when the airport handled over 35 million passengers for the first time, however this total reduced by 2.9% in 2008 with 34,205,887 passengers using Gatwick and 263,653 aircraft movements recorded.

Gatwick Airport has two terminals, North and South. Both have shops and restaurants landside and airside. Disabled passengers can travel through all areas. There are facilities for baby changing and feeding, and play areas and video games for children. Business travellers have lounges offering business facilities. There is a conference and business centre. The airport and area has hotels from executive to a capsule hotel. The airport has Anglican, Catholic and Free Church Chaplains. There is a multi-faith prayer room and counselling room in each terminal. A daily service is led by one of the chaplains. The prayer room is open to all faiths.

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Location

Gatwick Airport
Crawley, WSX RH6 0NP
United Kingdom

Contact Info
Telephone: 
+44 (0)844 335 1802

London / Gatwick Airport Weather info
Overcast, light rain

Location of this weather station:
1.2 km Southwest

Reported on:
Sun, 2018-01-21 09:20


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