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Gatwick was the world’s first single facility airport accessible by all modes of transport – air, rail and road.



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Gatwick Airport - Short History


Gatwick Airport began life in 1930 as a small enthusiast flying club (Surrey Aero Club) and was issued with its first public licence in 1934, which allowed the airport to be used by commercial aircraft.



Gatwick had been bought by GIP.

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) became the owners of Gatwick Airport Limited.


Gatwick celebrated its 50th anniversary.


BAA was acquired by Airport Development and Investment Ltd (ADI), a consortium led by Grupo Ferrovial.



The world’s first air-passenger bridge to span a live taxi-way opened connecting the North Terminal to 11 new pier-served stands. The bridge is large enough for a Boeing 747 to pass underneath.



A £29.5 million extension to the international departure lounge in the South Terminal was opened, offering more seating, shops and restaurants. A further extension was developed for the North Terminal departure lounge in 2001, costing £35 million.


North Terminal International Departures Lounge and the first phase of the new South Terminal International Departures Lounge opened.


HM The Queen officially opened the North Terminal. A second pier was opened at the North Terminal in 1991.


Following the passing of the Airports Act, the British Airports Authority was dissolved and all its properties, rights and liabilities were passed to a new company, BAA. BAA was privatised and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987.


The British Airports Authority was established and assumed ownership of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Prestwick airports.

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