London Gatwick Airport is a major international airport, about 30 miles South of central London. It is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom, and one of the ten busiest in Europe. Over 43 million passengers travel through London Gatwick Airport every year, so there are always many flights in the air around the airport. All of these can be followed all the way to their destination using our Flight Radar. Take a look at Gatwick on the map, and you will be able to see all of the flights which can be tracked live.
The History of London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport began its history of flight in the 1920s, and it was first developed for commercial use in the 1930s. Its first terminal, known as ‘The Beehive’ was finished in 1935, and scheduled flights began in 1936. During the Second World War, all civilian flights were stopped in the UK, and Gatwick became a base for RAF fighter planes. After the war, civilian flights re-opened, and London Gatwick Airport became a centre for air travel between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2015 the airport handled 40 million passengers in a single year for the first time, with the 40 millionth travelling to San Juan on the 14th of November.
Destinations from London Gatwick Airport
For many years, London Gatwick Airport was the main hub of travel between the US and the UK. You can still travel to the Americas from Gatwick, but this is no longer the airport’s main focus. You could travel to almost anywhere in Europe from Gatwick -from Alicante to Zurich. London Gatwick Airport doesn’t just handle flights to Europe and America, though. You can travel to destinations in North Africa, such as Tangier and Casablanca, or to destinations in Asia such as Baghdad and Hong Kong, or to destinations in Africa like Lagos. Any of these many flights can be tracked to all over the world using our Flight Radar.
Airlines at London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport services all kind of Airlines, from major internationals to smaller regional airlines. Just a few of the airlines which fly from Gatwick are Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finn Air and Iceland Air; along with bigger names, such as easyJet, Emirates and Thomas Cook. All of the airlines which fly from Gatwick, and any of their planes, can be tracked from start to finish along their route using our Flight Radar.
Flying From London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport is perhaps the main airport for those living south of London – in places like Brighton and Crawley. However, London Gatwick Airport has excellent transport links by rail, coach and car, and so can be reached with ease from all over the country. Flying from Gatwick offers a choice of flights, from local to long haul, and low cost to luxury. Take a look at our Flight Radar to watch any of the planes, and discover where they are headed.