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We joined Gatwick Airport air traffic control staff member Matt Taylor as he talked about his role at the airport. This broadcast is suitable for Year 7 upwards.
Gatwick became an aerodrome in the 1930s, but the airport we know today opened in 1958 with just 186,000 passengers passing through the airport in our first year of operation.
Today, it’s a different story. We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we now help take more than 43 million passengers to 228 destinations in 74 countries around the world every year.
London Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport with one of the world’s most efficient single runways. We serve more than 230 destinations in 74 countries. Uniquely, we’re home to a mix of airline operators from scheduled to low-cost and charter airlines. Over 50 airlines operate regularly from the airport including easyJet, British Airways, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Tui, Turkish Airlines and WestJet.
Gatwick is the biggest base for easyJet, one of Europe’s most successful airlines. We also have the most connections to and from other UK regions, with significant numbers of passengers travelling on easyJet and Aurigny.
In addition to the long-haul leisure operations of British Airways and Virgin, in recent years we have seen the growth of services to South America and the Far East with airlines such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Norwegian.
Gatwick is part of the VINCI Airports group which manages the development and operation of 46 airports across the globe. It owns 50.01% stake in our airport with the remaining 49.99% being managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
For more information about careers at Gatwick Airport please visit: https://www.gatwickairport.
Broadcast length 25 minutes
My name is Matt Taylor and I am an Air Traffic Controller and Watch Manager at London Gatwick Airport. I have been a controller at Gatwick since 2013 and also at London Luton airport previously to that. My core job is to ensure that the planes flying in and out of Gatwick do so in a safe and efficient manner. I have been in the Aviation Industry since 2001, having worked for British Airways and Heathrow Airport prior to a career change to ATC, which was my dream job since secondary school.
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