Gatwick Airport – Vikki Martin, Dog Handler Assistant Officer at Border Force

A live interactive broadcast with Vikki Martin, Assistant Officer within the Gatwick Dog Unit at Border Force

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Tune into our May broadcast and meet Vikki – a Border Force Officer and her search dog Bindy, who both work at Gatwick Airport, keeping the UK safe from drugs, firearms and other smuggled illegal substances

Vikki said about her role:- “From the moment I started on the Dog Unit, I knew Bindy was my favourite dog. So when I became a Handler and was asked to handle Bindy I was over the moon. Bindy and I have been working together now for 2 years and over this period we have travelled to many places across the South Region searching Ships, Lorries, Containers, Aircraft, Cars and Airports.

Bindy is now at the grand old age of 8 and is due to retire in April. She will be spending her retirement at home with myself and my home dog Wabi. I now have a new dog Sid who is replacing Bindy so my work is very full on bringing him to speed with the busy environment of the airport.”

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.


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.

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