Our journey from private aerodrome to RAF base to the busiest single runway airport in the world
Story so far
2000: Both terminals are extended at the cost of £60 million.
2005: Gatwick’s luggage reclaim hall is extended and refurbished and pier 6 is built. This is connected to the airport by the largest air passenger bridge in the world.
2009: BAA is forced by the Competition Commission to sell Gatwick to GIP. GIP announces a £1 billion investment program. This was later expanded to £2 billion in 2013.
2020: The global pandemic sees restrictions on international travel and flights are consolidated into one terminal. This is the first time that flights operate out of a single terminal since 1988.
2021: Many airlines restart flights from London Gatwick as travel restrictions ease. Wizz Air open a base at the airport and JetBlue launch transatlantic flights to the USA.
2022: The South Terminal reopens for flights after 18 months closure due to COVID-19. Vueling open a base at London Gatwick. Norse Atlantic launch transatlantic flights to the USA. We complete the resurfacing of our main runway in record time.