London Gatwick Airport — general information
Gatwick is the 2nd busiest Airport in Great Britain. The airfield lies about 30 miles, 47,5 kilometres, southward of London, in Crawley, West Sussex.
Gatwick occupies the 8th place among the European Airports in the scope of passenger operations and was acknowledged as the world’s busiest airdrome with a single-use flight strip before 2017.
The first Gatwick flights date back to 1920 and since 1933, it started servicing commercial flights. There are two terminals at LGW — the South and the North one, they cover the areas of 160 000 square miles and 98 000 square miles respectively. There are 2 airstrips available at LGW, however only the main runway is in use. Its length is 3 316 metres.
Another flight strip is too close to the main one and can be operated only when the main strip is not used.
The passenger flow in 2017 increased by more than 5% compared to 2016 and constituted 45,6 million passengers, to more than 225 destinations by about 90 airline companies.