London Gatwick Airport

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Gatwick Airport, formerly known as (and still commonly referred to as) London Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGWICAO: EGKK) is located 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and 45.7 km (28.4 mi) south of Central London.[3] It is London's second largest international airport and second busiest by total passenger traffic in the United Kingdom after Heathrow.[4] Gatwick has the world's busiest single-use runway and is Europe's leading airport for point-to-point flights.[5]

In 2008, Gatwick ranked as the world's 28th-busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers,[6] 9th busiest in terms of international passengers[7] and 8th largest in Europe by passenger traffic.[5]

Charter airlines generally prefer Gatwick over Heathrow as a base for London and the South East. From 1978 to 2008, many flights to and from the United States used Gatwick because of restrictions on the use of Heathrow implemented in the Bermuda II agreement between the UK and the US.[8][9][10][11][12] (As of 2010, Delta Air Lines and US Airways are the only US carriers to continue serving Gatwick from the US.) The airport is a base for scheduled operators Aer Lingus, British Airways (BA), EasyJet, Flybe and Virgin Atlantic, as well as charter airlines including Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Gatwick is unique amongst London's airports in having a significant airline presence representing each of the three main airline business models: full service, low/no frills and charter.[13]

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