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Spotlight on Gatwick Airport

February 24th 2015
By: jon.acquarone
Spotlight on Gatwick Airport

In 1930 Gatwick airport was a small flying club called Surrey Aero Club.  It was given its first public licence in 1934 in order to allow the airport to be used by commercial aircraft.  Since then, it has grown and evolved to become London’s second largest international airport and second busiest airport after Heathrow.
 
With two busy terminals, it’s a popular choice for holiday makers.  Shopping and restaurants at both the North and South terminals offer pre-holiday spending and relaxing opportunities, as well as dedicated business areas for those needing a quieter space before travelling.
 
From Gatwick, you can fly to 90 countries and 200 destinations. An amazing 38 million passengers travel through the airport each year.  Many then travel to central London by train which takes just 28 minutes to London Bridge and 30 minutes to London Victoria.  ‘London Gatwick’ is just north of Crawley in West Sussex and is ideally located for the rest of the South of England, with the nearby M23 providing a fast road to Brighton and other major cities on the South coast.
 
The airport generates around 21,000 jobs on the airport site, and an additional 10,000 jobs through related activities.  Investment has been strong during the last five years and the airport has been redeveloped and refurbished.