Gatwick Airport, Air Traffic Controllers – Wednesday 20th November @ 9:00am

Join Gatwick Airport air traffic control staff member Matt Taylor as he talks 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.

Who we are

London Gatwick operates one of the world’s most efficient single runways and is the second largest airport in the UK. Uniquely, we’re home to a mix of airline operators from scheduled to low-cost and charter airlines.  Fifty-three airlines currently operate (as at December 2016) regularly from the airport including easyJet, British Airways, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thomson Tui, Turkish Airlines and WestJet.

We are the biggest base for easyJet, one of Europe’s most successful airlines, and we’re also home to key charter operations such as Thomson Tui. We’re also the airport with most connections to and from other UK regions, with significant numbers of passengers travelling on easyJet and Aurigny.

In addition to the major long haul leisure operations of British Airways and Virgin, we are now seeing the growth of long haul services to the Far East, with Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. These complement the existing long haul services provided by airlines such as Emirates, WestJet, and Norwegian.

Gatwick Airport is owned the Vinci Group, who operate a number of other airports and transport infrastructures worldwide.

For careers information at Gatwick Airport please visit http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/careers/

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Matt Taylor

Air Traffic Control, Gatwick Airport

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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