Top 5 Facts about Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport has a long history of aviation that dates back to 1930s when an Avro 504 (World War I biplane) was kept there for a while.

Gatwick Airport is the 6th busiest international airport in the UK followed by busiest single runway airport (900 aircraft movements). It is also being honored as the 2nd largest airport in the UK. It currently operates on two terminals, handling 70 airlines to more than 200 destinations. Approximately 44 million passengers travel from Gatwick Airport per year.

Here’s the list of top 5 facts about Gatwick Airport that will make you travel from it more frequently.

1. The Beehive

Used for aviation in 1928 – Gatwick Airport’s first operational terminal was finalized in 1935 for flights. Interestingly, most of the buildings and boundary of the airport was circular for which it was nicknamed as ‘The Beehive’.  In fact, most of the necessary functions were monitored under one building. Gatwick Airport was also known to be the first airport to implement one-structure execution airport in Europe. Sadly, we no longer have the sight to Beehive as it obsoleted after the 50s.

2. Renowned Airport for Charter

Used for aviation in 1928 – Gatwick Airport’s first operational terminal was finalized in 1935 for flights. Interestingly, most of the buildings and boundary of the airport was circular for which it was nicknamed as ‘The Beehive’.  In fact, most of the necessary functions were monitored under one building. Gatwick Airport was also known to be the first airport to implement one-structure execution airport in Europe. Sadly, we no longer have the sight to Beehive as it obsoleted after the 50s.

3. Travelling European Destinations

In 2014, Gatwick Airport recorded a historical figure of passengers travelling to European destinations. It was honored with the ‘Fastest growing Airport for European Destinations’ including Copenhagen (23.9%), Brussels and Paris. Gatwick Airport serves 46 out 50 top business European destination flights. Every 1 in 5 passengers is travelling to Europe from Gatwick.

In fact, Spain is the most visited destination from Gatwick – 27 million. Whereas 16 million from around the UK to Spain.

4. Airport Parking Space

Gatwick Airport has the capacity to accommodate 27,000 cars at a time. However, on August 16th, 2003, 134,527 passengers asked for a parking space. This is was huge, considering the airport could not manage this amount of passengers as they simply did not have enough space.

5. Award-Winning Airport

Gatwick Airport has won several awards for its utmost timely deliverance in aviation. 15% first-time travelers choose Gatwick to travel than any nearby airport (considering the surroundings of Gatwick). Regardless of its contribution to British economy (£2 billion) and employment figures (21,000 workers), following are some of the recent awards it has won:

  • Carbon Trust Standard Triple Certification 2016
  • Investors in People Gold Standard (Iip) 2016
  • Biodiversity Benchmark 2014
  • Best UK Airport 2014
  • Airport of the Year 2013
  • Exceptional Customer Service 2013
  • Best UK Airport 2013
  • Best UK Airport 2012
  • UK Airport of the Year 2012