Gatwick Airport - LGW
Gatwick Airport is a major international airport located Crawley, West Sussex. It serves London, England and its surrounding areas including Crawley, Sutton, Burgess Hill, Redhill, and more. Operating under the airport code LGW, it is the second busiest airport in the UK and the ninth busiest in the Europe. It occupies an area of 1,670 acres. Owned and operated by the Gatwick Airport Limited. It is the hub for British Airways, the flag carrier for the United Kingdom. In 2018, it handled more than 46 million passengers. There are a total of 115 gates in Gatwick Airport.
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The land where the Gatwick Airport now stands was originally developed as an aerodrome in the late 1920s. Commercial flights were approved in the 1930s. There is one main asphalt runway. The secondary runway is also available, but it can only be used when the main runway is free. There are two main terminals – south and north. It is equipped with restaurants, shops, and lounges. The terminals are connected on the landside by a 1.21-kilometer-long people mover. There is no connection between the terminals past the security checks. The top 3 busiest destinations to and from Gatwick Airport in 2018 include Barcelona, Dublin, and Malaga.
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There are over a hundred hotels that are easily accessible from or located near the airport. Some of the closest include the Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport. This airport hotel is less than 0.7 miles from LGW. Other hotel options include the Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central and the Airport Inn Gatwick. Both of these are less than 2 kilometers away.
Alternate airports for Gatwick Airport include the London Heathrow Airport, located 40 miles away in London.