About London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is conveniently situated just a few miles north of Crawley in West Sussex, UK. Considered London's second largest international airport, Gatwick is an efficient single-runway airport that serves approximately 200 destinations (as of 2013) across 90 countries, with 34 million passengers going through it a year on short and long haul basis (2012 data).
Gatwick Airport has two terminals - North and South - and takes pride in its partnership with easyJet, an airline that flies approximately 37% of the total number of passengers at Gatwick. EasyJet's most important base is at Gatwick Airport, whilst the second largest carrier is British Airways, accounting for nearly 14% of passenger traffic.
Passenger traffic is split rather equally between the two terminals at London Gatwick, with the South Terminal having 16.5m passengers on 120,830 flights a year, and the North Terminal having 17.7m passengers on 121,281 flights a year. The demand is growing from year to year; the airport is anxious to build a second runway to meet the this demand but there is strong opposition from environmentalists and local residents.
In operation for over 80 years, London Gatwick Airport grew from just a small enthusiast flying club to UKs second largest international airport. Gatwick has always been ahead of its time. The first innovation was a direct link for passengers between the airport and the nearby rail station; twenty years later its second innovation was to build a covered pier from the terminal to aircraft stands, which became a standard feature of airport design.
London Gatwick Airport was named the Airport of the year at National Transport Awards in 2013.