Learn more about London Gatwick's history, facts and performance
London Gatwick officially opened as a commercial airport in 1965. It's the UK’s second largest airport and is a vital piece of national infrastructure that helps drive both the regional and national economy. We're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2023 over 40 million passengers will travel through our airport, with access to over 150 short-haul and more than 45 long-haul destinations, served by more than 40 airlines.
Our vision is to be the airport for everyone, whatever your journey. We're focused on delivering a personalised experience, that is easy and efficient. At the same time we aim to be the UK’s most accessible airport, prioritising the needs of every passenger and giving everyone an equal opportunity to fly. And for our people we're continuing to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, one where everyone is welcome.
We're majority owned by VINCI Airports, who have a 50.01% majority share of our airport. The remainder is owned by a group of investors and are managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), who took ownership in 2009.
Gatwick began life in 1930 as a small flying club but did not stay this way for long. Soon we became a fully commercial airport after opening to the public in 1958. And we're growing, with plans to meet demand and improve resilience.