Gatwick by numbers

Gatwick became an aerodrome back in the 1930s, but the airport we know today was officially opened on 9 June 1958 by Her Majesty The Queen.

Over the last 60 years our airport has grown from just 186,000 passengers to over 45 million passengers each year. We now fly to 230 destinations in 70 countries, and our long haul network has extended to 63 routes. 

Here you can find out about Gatwick Airport and:

Our topline statistics for 2017
Information and facts about our airlines and routes we fly to
Some detail about our passengers
More about the rail revolution
Our facilities
The economy and our workforce
Our awards 

In a nutshell


Who we are

London Gatwick operates the world’s most efficient single runway and is the second largest airport in the UK. Uniquely, we're home to a mix of airline operators from scheduled to low-cost and charter airlines. There are 56 airlines which currently operate regularly from Gatwick, including easyJet, British Airways, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thomas Cook, TUI, Turkish Airlines and WestJet.

A base for all airlines

We are the biggest base for easyJet, one of Europe’s most successful airlines, and we're also home to key charter operations such as TUI and Thomas Cook. We're also the airport with most connections to and from other UK regions, with significant numbers of passengers travelling on Flybe, easyJet and Aurigny. 

In addition to the major long haul leisure operations of British Airways and Virgin, we are now seeing the emergence of long haul services to the Far East, with the arrival of Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. These complement the existing long haul services provided by airlines such as Emirates, WestJet, and Norwegian.

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Key stats 2017

  1. Gatwick flies to more destinations than any other UK airport (Source OAG)
  2. Total passengers: 45.6 million 
  3. Aircraft movements: 282,000 (number of flights arriving and departing) 
  4. Total cargo: 97,045 metric tonnes 
  5. Total number of aircraft seats: 52,670,000 
  6. Average number of passengers per flight: 162 
  7. Average load factor: 86.5% 
  8. Biggest airline: EasyJet carrying 18.44m passengers 
  9. Long haul passengers: 7.3m (+14%) 
  10. Top route by passenger numbers: Barcelona (1.5m passengers)

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We release our traffic figures monthly and you can keep up to date the with latest ones here.

Our airlines and destinations

In an open market where airlines can choose where to fly from, Gatwick has been competing successfully with other London airports to win new routes to the UK’s key trading partners, as well as leisure destinations. In 2017, we added 15 new destinations to our ever growing network from Gatwick. Our top long haul destinations are Hong Kong, Oakland (San Francisco), Capetown and Fort Lauderdale.

Top 10 destinations 2017

Top 10 airlines by passenger numbers 2017

Long haul growth 2017

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Passenger profile

  • Sex: Male 47%; Female 53%
  • Socio-economic group: AB: 38%; C1: 43%; C2: 13%; DE: 4%*
  • Nationality: UK 63%; Overseas 37%
  • UK business 10 %
  • UK leisure 60 %
  • Overseas business 7 %;
  • Overseas leisure 23 %

* Due to rounding up/down does not add up to 100%

How passengers get to Gatwick

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Transport facts

  • Gatwick was the world’s first airport to have a direct mainline train link with a dedicated railway station
  • Gatwick is already the UK’s best connected airport by rail and directly connects to more stations than any other European airport
  • Number of direct rail connections: more than 129
  • Time by rail to central London: 30 mins with trains running every three minutes
  • By 2024 there will be 50 trains departures every hour and a train to London every 2.5 minutes.

Gatwick has the largest rail catchment of any UK airport and 15 million people can access Gatwick by rail within 60 minutes.

Oyster and contactless:

Gatwick is part of the Oyster and Contactless payment network, meaning rail passengers can benefit from seamless connections to and throughout the capital on London’s ticketless transport network.

Increased capacity:

With new trains, investment and technology, capacity on rail services is set to double by 2020 and nearly treble by 2035.


  • Number of runways: 1
  • Runway length: 3,316m long by 45m wide
  • Number of terminals: 2 - South (opened in 1958) and North (opened in 1988)
  • South Terminal is 160,000 square metres of which 14,768 square metres is retail facilities
  • North Terminal is 98,000 square metres of which 12,530 square metres is retail facilities
  • There are 143 stands in total at Gatwick Airport:


      71 pier served stands split roughly 50:50 between each terminal
    • 72 remote stands serviced by coaches
  • We have 346 check-in desks. 187 in South Terminal and 159 in North Terminal. In addition, there are 69 self-service kiosks. Back to top

Our workforce and economy

  • Around 30,000 staff work on the Gatwick campus across 252 different companies
  • Gatwick Airport itself employs around 3,000 people directly
  • 25% of all staff working at the airport are cabin crew
  • As well as providing 30,000 jobs, the airport also creates a further 12,000 jobs indirectly 
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We're proud of Gatwick Airport and our achievements and we're delighted that some of our hard work is being recognised by external organisations. Don't think that we're resting on our laurels though - we're still working hard every day to give our passengers the best possible airport experience.

Top 50 companies for customer service 2017
Listed in the top 50 companies for customer service on social media

National Transport Awards 2017
Airport of the year

Airports Going Green 2017
Outstanding sustainability programme 

Digital Impact Awards 2017
Digital in-house team of the year and best corporate app

Airport Operators Association 2017
UK’s best airport, best solution – waste plant and best overall campaign for our airfield safety week

London Construction Awards 2017
Process innovation of the year for North Terminal development 2017
Favourite UK airport for food and drink, most stress-free UK airport security experience and favourite airport for short-haul flights

Biodiversity benchmark 2017
The Biodiversity Benchmark is a nationally recognised standard for commitment to biodiversity and responsible land management.

Loo of the year 2016

Carbon Trust Standard Triple Certification 2016 
We are one of a small number of organisation to have been awarded triple certification to Carbon Trust Standard for reducing carbon emissions and water use, and improving waste management.

Investors in People Gold Standard (Iip) 2016 
Gatwick was awarded Investors in People (IiP) status in 2013 and in 2016 we were awarded the highest level of award, jumping up three levels since 2013. IiP is a well-established, international framework that helps organisations to understand and improve how people contribute to the success of an organisation.

Biodiversity Benchmark 2014 
We were awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark Award for the first time in December 2014. 

Business Travel Awards 2014
Best UK airport

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