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Gatwick History

London's second biggest international airway 24 miles to the south of London. Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second largest airport in the UK and the sixth busiest international airport in the world.

Gatwick airport has 2 terminals (North & South) taking over 30 million people on over 100 airlines to over 280 destinations, but it hasn't always been that way...Gatwick's war time role as a Royal Air Force base saw it grow through the acquisition of the local racecourse but when it was returned to civil use in 1946 it was still basically a grass airfield.

Aircraft maintenance and a limited number of charter flights kept it ticking over but it added to its reputation for new thinking by housing the British European Airways helicopter base.

In 1953 the Government decreed Gatwick as London's second airport. The old airport was closed for major re-development. When it officially re-opened three years later Gatwick had been transformed into a modern facility.

There was a 2000 feet runway, a terminal incorporating a rail station and a covered pier linking terminal with aircraft, the first of its kind in the UK. This facility has been further enhanced by the addition of the M23 link and the M25 (London ringroad).

Over the years further expansion has taken place. 1962 - Expansion of the original terminal building and 2 additional piers constructed. 1964 - The runway was extended. 65-77 - Runway extended - twice! 1977 - Another pier opened. 1984 - new pier further extended. The 80's saw the start of the largest construction south of London, apparently, with the start of the £200 million construction of North Terminal.

The Queen & Prince Philip opened this new addition to London Gatwick Airport in 1988. Charter traffic became big business in the 1980s and with more than a million passengers then using Gatwick the terminal was extended and two more piers built.

Despite the upturn Gatwick still ranked only fourth busiest of UK airports but British United Airways, then the main operator, was steadily introducing scheduled services. Gatwick had ambitions beyond the charter market and those were finally realised in 1978 when it became a transatlantic gateway.

By the time Delta, Braniff and British Caledonian, BUA's successor, started up their routes to the USA the airport had already extended its runway to handle the long haul jets and further improved the terminal. Passenger traffic hit the 10 million mark in the 1980s and has continued to grow at a phenomenal rate, reaching over 32 million in 2000.

A satellite to the original building, renamed the South Terminal, and the North Terminal have been opened as Gatwick established itself as Britain's second busiest airport and an international player.

As traffic continues on its upward path Gatwick is anxious to build a second runway to meet demand. It has run into implacable opposition but a history of successful innovation suggests a solution will be found.

 

Pub Food/Misc

Appletons at Heathy Farm
Balcombe Road
Crawley
RH10 3NQ
Air Balloon
60 Brighton Road
Horley
RH6 7HE
Cherry Tree Inn
Crawley Road
Faygate
Horsham
RH12 4SA
Boars Head
Worthing Road
Horsham
RH13 0AD
Dukes Head
Turners Hill Road
Crawley Down
RH10 4HH
Jeffersons
Haslett Avenue East
Three Bridges 
Crawley
RH10 1UG
TGI Fridays
Unit 6
Crawley Leisure Park
London Road
Crawley 
RH10 8LR
Nandos
Crawley Leisure Park
RH10 8LR
Frankie and Benny's 
Unit 9
Crawley Leisure Park
RH10 8LR
The Hawth Park Inn Harvester
Haslett Avenue East
Crawley
RH10 1UJ
Redhill Harvester
54 Brighton Road
Salford
Redhill
RH1 5DA
Smith & Western
North Parade
Horsham
RH12 2QR
Smith & Western
Eastbourne Road
Blindley Heath
Lingfield
RH7 6JJ
     

 

Italian Restaurants

Pizza Hut
Unit 5
Crawley Leisure Park
Crawley
RH10 8LR
ASK Restaurant
49/51 High Street Crawley
RH10 1DQ

01293 619505
Bella Italia 
Crawley Leisure Park 
Crawley
RH10 8LR

01293 521974
SI
60 High Street 
Crawley 
RH10 1BT
Il Sorriso 
2 Consort Way East
Horley 
RH6 7AU
Portifino Italian Restaurant
102 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1EP
Prezzo
13 High Street 
East Grinstead
RH19 3AF
Tortellini Restaurant 
1b East Street 
Horsham
RH12 1HH
Prezzo 
46 Carfax
Horsham
RH12 1EQ
Piccolos Restaurant
24 West Street 
Horsham 
RH12 1PB
   

 

Chinese Restaurants

Fortune Villa Chinese Restaurant
98 High Street 
Crawley
RH10 1BZ
Shin Mai
3 High Street 
Crawley
RH10 1BH
China China
13 Massetts Road
Horley
RH6 7PR
New China Restaurant
13 Massetts Road
Horley
RH6 7PR
Blue Lake Chinese Restaurant
11-13 Station Road
Horley
RH6 9HW
Wing-Wah Chinese Restaurant
195 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1HA
New Evergreen Chinese
192 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1EY
 

 

Indian Restaurants

Bengal Spices
71 Gales Drive
Crawley
RH10 1QA
Blue India
47 High Street
Crawley
RH10 1BQ
Taj Mahal
2-4 High Street 
Crawley
RH10 1BJ
Khushboo Restaurant
69 Balcombe Road
Horley
RH6 9AB
Nizam Tandoori
42 High Street
East Grinstead
RH19 3AS
Azad Indian Cuisine
186 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1EY
The Monsoon 
51-53 High Street
East Grinstead
RH19 3DD
Nizam Tandoori Restaurant
24 London Road
Horsham
RH12 1AY
Akash
66 East Street
Horsham 
RH12 1HN
     

 

Other Restaurants

Mae Ping Thai Restaurant
16 Railway Approach 
East Grinstead
RH19 1BP
La Farola
194-196 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1EY
   

 

Local Supermarkets near Gatwick Airport

Tesco
Horley Gatwick Extra
Reigate Road
Horley
RH6 0AT
Tesco
Horley Express
73 Brighton Road
Horley
RH6 7HL
Tesco 
Poundhill Express
5 Peterhouse Parade
Crawley
RH10 3BA
Tesco
Crawley Hazelwick Extra
Hazelwick Avenue
Crawley
RH10 1GY
Tesco 
Crawley Downland Drive Express
84/86 Downland Drive
Crawley
RH11 8SW
Sainsburys
Crawley Central
37-43 Queensway
Queens Square 
Crawley
Sussex
RH10 1EG
Sainsburys
West Green
Crawley Avenue
Crawley
RH10 8NF
Sainsburys
Horley Local
100 Brighton Road
Horley
RH6 7JU
Sainsburys
East Grinstead
Brooklands Way
East Grinstead
RH19 1DD
Sainsburys
Horsham 
7 Worthing Road
Horsham
RH12 1SQ
Asda
Pegler Way
Crawley 
RH11 7AH
Asda
Reigate Road
Burgh Heath
KT20 5NZ

 

Petrol Stations near Gatwick Airport

Gatwick South Connect
Ring Road North (A23)
London
Gatwick Airport
RH6 0NX
Gatwick North Service Station
Ring Road
North 
Gatwick
RH6 0HP
Total (Chequers Surrey)
Bonehurst Road
Horley
RH6 9PJ
BP County Oak Service Station
London Road
Crawley
RH11 0PF
BP Crawley Avenue Service Station
Crawley Avenue
Crawley
RH10 8NF
Total (Ifield Drive)
Ifield Drive
Crawley
RH11 0JP
BP Tilgate Express
Ashdown Drive
Crawley
RH10 5DU
BP Hillside Connect
Brighton Road
Redhill
RH1 6QS
BP North End Connect
East Grinstead
RH19 1QT
Shell Pease Pottage MWSA
M23 Junction 11
Crawley 
RH11 9YA
Shell Horley
Brighton Road
Horley 
RH6 7JU
Shell Crawley Down Garage
Snow Hill
Copthorne
RH10 3EQ
Shell Clearview
19 Horley Road
Redhill
RH1 5AL
Shell Sussex
147 - 149 London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1ET
Shell Horsham 
Guildford Road
Horsham
RH12 3NS
Esso Roundabout Service Station
Brighton Road
Horley
RH6 7HH
Esso Brooklands Service Station
Station Road 
East Grinstead
RH19 1DJ
Esso Horsham Express
Redkiln Way
Horsham
RH13 5QH
Esso Reigate Manor Service Station
Reigate Hill
Reigate
RH2 9PF
Texaco Somerfield Horley
Brighton Road
Horley
RH6 7ER
Texaco Tates Crawley Service Station
Fleming Way
Crawley
RH10 2NS
Texaco N&D Ltd
Copthorne Road
Crawley
RH10 3PD
Texaco Woodlands Garage Service Station
Smallfield
Horley
RH6 9NN
Texaco East Grinstead Service Station
London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1QJ
Tesco
Horley Gatwick Extra
Reigate Road
Horley
RH6 0AT
Tesco Crawley Hazelwick Extra
Hazelwick Avenue
Crawley
RH10 1GY
Sainsburys
West Green
Crawley Avenue
Crawley
RH10 8NF
Total (Broadfield)
Pelham Place
Crawley
RH11 9AZ

 

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