Gatwick Airport: Celebrating record-breaking success
4 April 2016 • Author(s): Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Gatwick Airport
Following 36 months of continuous growth in passenger numbers and unprecedented investment representing the biggest transformation in Gatwick Airport’s history, the airport’s Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Charles Kirwan-Taylor, reveals the growth of London Gatwick and how the airport is laying the groundwork for a second runway.
Since entering private ownership in 2009, London Gatwick Airport’s story has been one of records: Record-breaking investment, record-breaking growth, record-breaking efficiency and recordbreaking connectivity.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Gatwick is now the world’s busiest single-runway airport flying to more destinations than any other UK airport.
This year alone, Gatwick is set to launch 20 new long-haul routes to four continents (Table 1, page 32), joining the ‘premier league’ of European airports that fly to more than 50 long-haul destinations.
However, Gatwick’s story hasn’t always been one of such success.
Prior to the break-up of the BAA monopoly and the sale of Gatwick in 2009, Gatwick had operated in the shadow of Heathrow Airport, primarily as a feeder airport to short-haul European destinations. Whilst being a well-run airport, Gatwick’s potential had been severely restricted and competition was a foreign concept.
The advent of private ownership, however, has brought with it recordbreaking investment, helping to attract new airlines, drive growth, and to deliver a world-class passenger experience for the more than 40 million passengers who travel through Gatwick each year…