Gatwick Airport – Kate McWilliams, Airline Captain @ easyJet
Join Kate McWilliams, Airline Captain live as she talks about her role at the airport and at easyJet. This broadcast is suitable for Year 6 upwards
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Kate McWilliams is an airline Captain. One of only 450 female airline captains in the world. Her interest in flying started at an early age, gaining her first hands on experience aged 13. Six years later, on her 19th Birthday, Kate left her hometown of Carlisle to attend pilot training school and gain her commercial pilots licence. Aged just 21 Kate started working for easyJet as a First Officer gaining valuable flying hours and airline experience.
In early 2016 aged just 26, Kate became the world’s youngest female commercial Captain. Her achievements received worldwide media coverage and Kate was awarded the Carlisle Living Inspiration Award 2016. Since then Kate has linked up with many schools and youth organisations to inspire other youngsters to achieve their own childhood dreams.
About Gatwick Airport
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 the world’s most efficient single runway 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, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, 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 and Thomas Cook. We’re also the airport with most connections to and from other UK regions, with significant numbers of passengers travelling on Flybe, easyJet and Aurigny.
In addition to the major long haul leisure operations of British Airways and Virgin, we are now seeing the emergence of long haul services to the Far East, with the arrival of Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Tianjin Airways. These complement the existing long haul services provided by airlines such as Emirates, WestJet, and Norwegian.
Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is the largest shareholder.
For careers information at Gatwick Airport please visit http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/careers/
For school resources please visit https://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/community-sustainability/education/teachers-resources/
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Duration: 15 minutes
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