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Gatwick key facts

London 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 46 million passengers each year. We now fly to around 230 destinations in over 70 countries, and our long-haul network has extended to over 60 routes. 

Key stats 2019

Gatwick served more destinations than any other UK airport in 2019 (source OAG)

  1. Total passengers: 46.6 million 
  2. Aircraft movements: 280,700 
  3. Total number of aircraft seats: 53.9 million 
  4. Average number of passengers per flight: 166 
  5. Average load factor: 86.3% 
  6. Biggest airline: EasyJet carrying 19m passengers 
  7. Long haul passengers: 8.9m  
  8. Top destination served: Barcelona (1.6m passengers)

Top 10 routes by destination 2019

Our airlines 

Uniquely, we're home to a large mix of airline operators, with over 50 currently operating regularly from Gatwick. This means that we can offer our passengers a greater choice, through a combination of full service, low-cost and charter services, with many destinations having multiple daily services. 

Around 1 in 5 of our passengers are now travelling to a long-haul destination, and we offer more than 60 long-haul routes worldwide. We will continue with our strategy of encouraging new airline partnerships, so that we can offer our passengers the best selection of travel options.

Our 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 2019, as well as strong growth to South America, we welcomed new direct routes to Miami, San Francisco, Rio De Janeiro, Kuwait City, Mexico and Shanghai, China.  

We also continue to see growth in short-haul travel with routes to Eastern Europe proving particularly popular. This follows the addition of new daily services to Budapest, Gdansk and Cluj by Wizz Air. We also saw growth of 200,000 in passenger numbers to Southern Europe.

Transport - we're well connected

  • 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 station
  • Number of direct rail connections: more than 120
  • Time by rail to central London: 30 mins with trains running every three minutes
  • With planned improvements, by 2030 there could be up to 50 trains an hour departing Gatwick, and a train every 2.5 minutes

Gatwick has the largest rail catchment of any UK airport and 15 million people - more than a quarter of the population of England - can access Gatwick by road or 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 has more than doubled in the last five years alone and is set to treble by 2030 with the planned improvements.


  • 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 119 stands, with a total of 186 centrelines - the ability to use a stand flexibly means we can park up to 186 aircraft

    •  31 South Terminal stands


      31 North Terminal stands
    • 57 remote stands served by coaches
  • We have 245 check-in desks, 123 self-service check-in desks and 119 self-service bag drop kiosks. 


We're proud of Gatwick Airport and our achievements and we're delighted that some of our work is being recognised by external organisations. Below are just a few of our hard won awards from 2018 and 2019.

The Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Benchmark Award
Carbon Trust Best combined reduction of carbon, waste & water
Disability Smart Award Inclusive Service Provider of the Year
Future Travel Experience Europe Most Innovative Airport in Europe
London Transport Awards Airport of the Year
Loo of the Year - Airports winner, England
- Transport sector winner
- three platinum awards for toilets
National Technology Awards Mobile Innovation of the Year for our passenger app
Real IT awards - Mobile App of the Year for passenger app
- Cloud Project of the Year
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Gold Medal Award for five years of achieving Gold Standard
Security & Fire Excellence Awards Counter Terrorism Project of the Year
Top 50 companies for customer service Named in the top 50 UK companies for excellence in customer services
UK IT Industry Awards IT project team of the year for network refresh (with Hewlett Package