is this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of its South Terminal.
facility was officially opened by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on June
9, 1958, with the inaugural flight being a British
European Airways DC3 flying to Jersey and Guernsey. A total of 368,000 passengers passed through the
airport in its first full year of operation, compared to over 35 million in
The £200m North
Terminal followed in 1987, at which point Gatwick was the world’s second
busiest airport, ahead of New York JFK. It remains the busiest single-use
runway, although it faces challenges ahead, with the demise of low-cost carrier
Oasis (which flew between Gatwick and Hong Kong), and the recent decision by
Delta to withdraw its New York JFK route from this August.
For a look at
what lies ahead for London’s second airport, read Gary Noakes’ report in the
June 2008 edition of Business Traveller.
Report by Mark