Starting life in the 1930s as a flying club, Gatwick airport gained its first public licence just four years later. Now it is among the top ten biggest airports in the world and the second largest in the UK, reaching over 200 holiday destinations. The West Sussex airport experiences annual passenger traffic of over 32 million people.What makes Gatwick special?
Many of the world's most prestigious airlines fly from Gatwick, including UK flag carrier British Airways, while also serving those that may be more budget conscious. The airport directly employs approximately 23,000 staff, with an estimated 17,000 further jobs created indirectly. There is a particular focus on sustainability of economic and social benefits; Gatwick airport aims to reduce the environmental impact of operations, as outlined in their annual sustainability reports.Has Gatwick airport won any other awards?
Gatwick won a 2011 Excellence Award for Best Practice in Social Media for their innovative use of social media. It was also voted the UK's best airport in both 2001 and 2003.