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Local and regional economy

A strong London Gatwick supports the growth of our region's economy

Our impact on the regional economy

London Gatwick is committed to being a partner and advocate for a thriving, resilient economy and contribute to local and regional workforce skills partnerships and initiatives. We look to use our position as a regional economic anchor to foster long-term, sustainable economic growth and inward investment.

The airport generated £5.5 billion for the UK economy in 2023.

Our latest research (below), by leading economists Oxera shows that the airport also supported over 76,000 jobs.

The majority of this vital economic activity took place in six local authority areas across the South East - West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Brighton and Hove and Croydon, as shown in this animation (left).

Report: London Gatwick local economic impact

Report: Airport Economic Zones

Local economy, global opportunity

In 2023, we hosted our second annual Economic Summit. The summit brought together 150 influential delegates from across the region as we continue making strides towards our goal of supporting long-term, sustainable growth in our local and regional economies.

The day, hosted by renowned journalist Sasha Qadri, provided delegates with a range of sessions, including keynote speeches from London Gatwick CEO – Stewart Wingate, Natascha McIntyre Hall – Head of Regeneration at Gleeds, as well as a Ministerial Address from Kevin Hollinrake MP – Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business.

The speeches were divided by a range of panel sessions, featuring prominent industry figures, feeding into three key themes of International Connectivity, Innovation and Sustainable future skills. New London Gatwick Chair, Baroness Margaret Ford of Cunningham (OBE) and David Rowe, Director of investment at Transport for London, had fireside chat covering the benefits of major infrastructure projects with reference to the new Elizabeth Line on the London Underground. 

Local case studies
Growing businesses

We’re helping Ridgeview Wine Estate to reach more people. Simon Roberts, Head Winemaker, says that being so close to the airport gives them the opportunity to welcome guests from over 60 countries and 200 destinations. Ridgeview were winners at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2023.

Growing careers

Over 300 apprentices have started their career with us. Sister and brother, Liberty and George, joined us as apprentices and are now qualified engineers. They’re looking forward to growing as part of the Gatwick family. George was named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2022.

Providing opportunities

Chantelle at One Resourcing has helped find jobs for hundreds of people at the airport. From security officers to cabin crew and ground support, we're at the heart of local employment.

Creating employment

Peek-a-boo Cakes is just one of the small businesses we’re happy to support. Jo says, along with many others, she wouldn’t be where she is today without the airport on her doorstep.

Supporting local causes

A photo of Gatwick staff and AAKSS personnel in front of an air ambulance helicopter

We have a strong programme of community investment. We support a range of initiatives and events across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Community support 

Working with schools

a photo of several Gatwick graduate scheme students along with Gatwick's apprentice development lead Dave White standing on the roof of the pier 6 bridge

We support initiatives that promote careers in STEM ​subjects​​, which are core skills needed to work at the airport.


Building our workforce

a young male Gatwick engineer with a wrench

We inform, inspire and invest in young people and we open up the world of opportunities to everyone. We support early careers and skills.

Developing skills 

If you would like more information about our work to support the local economy, you can email the team at