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Gatwick Airport, Head of Engineering - Thursday 23rd January @ 9:30am (Broadcast length 15mins)

Gatwick Airport, Head of Engineering – Thursday 23rd January @ 9:30am

We join Gatwick Airport Head of Engineering staff member Antony Yates 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 16,000 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 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:

Broadcast length 15 minutes

  • Antony Yates

    Head of Engineering, Gatwick Airport

    Tony Yates joined Gatwick Airport as Head of Engineering in July 2015.

    Tony joined Gatwick Airport from a manufacturing background where he spent over 20 years working in Nestle as Chief Engineer (2013-2015), Head of Engineering for Muller Dairy UK (2008-2013), Central Engineering Manager for Kraft Foods (2004-2008).

    Previously, Tony spent more than 10 years at Unilever (1991-2004) where he had responsibility for a wide range of Engineering activities, progressing from Engineering Apprentice to Senior Engineering Manager.

    Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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