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London Gatwick Airport Information

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the second busiest airport to serve the London Area. Each year LGW airport welcomes more than 33 million passengers into England's capital city. Such statistics make Gatwick Airport the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom and one of the busiest in Europe and the world. The beginning of the current Gatwick Airport goes back to the early 1950's when there was an urgent need to expand passenger capacity flying into the London Area. LGW was primarily built to alleviate the burden of the busy Heathrow Airport, which is located in a dense urban setting in the London Borough of Hillingdon. In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the modern Gatwick Airport in a ceremony.

London Gatwick Airport is located in a quaint rural setting on the outskirts of Crawley, a large market town that is located about 30 miles south of London. Such a well planned development of LGW alleviates much of the traffic congestion that has been associated with London Heathrow Airport for decades. In fact, Gatwick Airport has its own rail station that connects to Greater London.

Gatwick Airport consists of two main terminal buildings that include most of the essential passenger facilities. Originally opened in 1958, the South Terminal occupies more than 160,000 square meters (over 1.7 million square feet) of floor space. Opened in 1988 for a cost of 200 million British Pounds, the North Terminal has over 98,000 square meters (over 1 million square feet) of space. Both terminal buildings have been extensively renovated since opening. There are more than 340 total check in desks and more than 100 gates at London Gatwick Airport. One of the most impressive features about London Gatwick Airport is the passenger bridge that links the North Terminal to 11 pier facilities. In fact, this airway bridge is large enough for Boeing jets to pass underneath.

Although London Gatwick Airport has two Asphalt/Concrete runways, it is considered the world's busiest single runway airport. This is because only one runway can be used at a time due to the layout of the airport grounds and the runways. The 08R/26L is the main runway that is used by London's second busiest airport.

There is a Short Stay Lot and Long Stay Lot designated for each Terminal building at London Gatwick Airport. Valet parking is also available at both terminals in London Gatwick Airport.

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