Asked By: Reginald Watson Date: created: Feb 04 2024

Who is in charge of Gatwick Airport

Answered By: Clifford Henderson Date: created: Feb 07 2024

The Executive Committee develops and recommends to the Board, medium and long-term business development strategies for Gatwick Airport with particular focus on our operations. It ensures the delivery of agreed strategies by providing guidance, approvals, governance and monitoring. Current members of the Executive Committee are: Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stewart Wingate is London Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Previously he held different roles within BAA, first as Customer Services Director of Glasgow Airport, then as CEO of Budapest Airport and most recently as Managing Director of Stansted Airport.

  • Prior to that he worked for Black & Decker.
  • Stewart is a Chartered Engineer and Fellows of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
  • He has a Masters in Business Administration with distinction and a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

Jim Butler, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim was appointed Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2021. Prior to that, Jim served in various roles at American Airlines since 1996, including Senior Vice President – Airport Operation and Cargo; President of their Cargo division; and Managing Director of Commercial Planning and Performance.

  1. Jim has previously led airport operations and had oversight of strategic initiatives across American’s global network throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.
  2. Jim has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of BAR UK; IATA Cargo Committee and the A4A Cargo Executive Council.

Jim is also a licensed private pilot. Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Jonathan joined Gatwick’s executive team in September 2020. Prior to this, over a three-year period as Chief Commercial Officer at Luton Airport, he helped deliver significant growth in passenger volume, as well as the completion of a significant terminal transformation programme. Cédric Laurier, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) A graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Institut Français d’Urbanisme, Cédric began his career in 1996 at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He then joined the Networks Deployment Department of Lyonnaise Communications (Suez Group) before joining the VINCI Group’s Cofiroute subsidiary in 2003.

He worked for five years as special advisor and subsequently project manager of the Duplex 86. In 2008, Cédric joined Aéroports de Paris, where he worked for four years as Project director for the construction of the S4 satellite of Charles de Gaulle Airport before becoming Director of the project management division in 2012.

He was appointed as Technical Director of VINCI Airports in 2018 and subsequently appointed Chief Technical Officer of Gatwick Airport in May 2019. Rachel Ford, General Counsel and Company Secretary Rachel joins Gatwick from Capita where she has served as Group Legal Director and more recently as Chief of Staff to the Capita plc Group Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that role, Rachel worked as in-house Legal Counsel with Thomson Reuters for ten years. John was appointed to the newly created role of Business Improvement Director in October 2017, He began his career with General Electric as a graduate trainee and held a number of senior roles with the company, including MD of their Industrial Diamond business in Ireland and latterly running their pipeline business for Europe and Asia. David Conway, HR Director David was appointed as HR Director in January 2021 and has over 30-years experience in the oil & energy, aviation and retail industries for brand leaders including BP, British Airways and Safeway. He joined Gatwick from BP where he worked for 13.5 years. Bronwen Jones, Development Director Bronwen Jones was appointed Development Director on October 2017. Bronwen joined BAA in 1989 as a graduate trainee with a degree in business studies from Aston University. In 1995 she moved to Heathrow Airport and worked in a wide variety of operational roles before returning to Gatwick in 2003 as Head of Customer Services. Tim Norwood, Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability Tim joined Gatwick as Chief Planning Officer in February 2017 with responsibility for the development of the long term masterplan and subsequently took on the role of Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, creating a combined Directorate.

He was previously Chief Planning Officer at EDF Energy with responsibility for securing consent for the Hinkley Point C Project and progressing the planning and environmental assessment work for nuclear new build at Sizewell. Prior to that, Tim held several planning roles in BAA at Heathrow and Stansted.

Tim has also worked in local government and consultancy. Tim is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has a Masters in Town Planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a geography degree from the University of London. Alasdair Scobie, Capital Programmes Director Alasdair was appointed Capital Programmes Director in November 2019, with responsible for delivery of Gatwick’s £1bn plus five-year Capital Investment Plan. He joined Gatwick in 2014 as Head of Commercial Operations before moving in 2017 to become Head of Capital Investment Delivery (Infrastructure), where he led the delivery of Gatwick’s infrastructure focused Capital Investment Programmes across Airfield, Baggage and Piers. Nick Batchelor, IT Director Nick was appointed IT Director in November 2019. He has worked in mission critical IT environments for nearly 30 years with a specific background in IT Operations, Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture. Nick has worked in a number of business domains including Financial Services and Manufacturing as well as Transportation with nearly ten years at Network Rail prior to joining Gatwick.

In his current role at Gatwick, Nick is responsible for the evolution and performance of IT Business Services and Infrastructure, as well as the delivery of technology projects that form part of Gatwick’s Capital Investment Programme. Nick joined Gatwick in 2012 and has held several roles including Head of IT Infrastructure and Head of IT Operations, where he oversaw significant improvements in IT system availability and security.

Nick has an Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of London. Rachel Bulford, Retail Director Rachel was appointed Retail Director in July 2020, having joined Gatwick as Head of Retail in 2016. She is responsible the shops, restaurants, media advertising and foreign exchange across the airport. Her role includes developing and executing Gatwick’s retail strategy and delivering projects that add to or reconfigure the retail space.

Rachel began her career at Marks and Spencer as a graduate trainee and went on to hold various roles at the retailer including working in international development in India, Russia and South Korea. She then worked in emerging markets for luxury retailer Burberry before working as a strategy consultant for OC&C and latterly at Homebase.

Rachel graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University and holds a Masters in Business from City, University of London Business School (formerly Cass Business School). Lorenzo Rebel, Deputy Chief Financial Officer Lorenzo was appointed Deputy CFO in August 2020. He started his career as an external auditor at PwC before joining VINCI in 2009 as a Financial Controller for Eastern Europe. Lorenzo held different positions in finance and internal audit within the VINCI Group before being appointed the CFO of Nantes Atlantique Airport in 2015.

Which airline is owned by Nigeria?

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Whether you are from the North, South, East or West, we work deligently to meet your expectations. United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited is a wholly Nigerian company incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990 at the Corporate Affairs Commission to offer commercial air transportation services under the registered tradename; United Nigeria,

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Is Adebayo Ogunlesi a billionaire?

Last updated: 21 July 2023 at 4:21pm EST The estimated Net Worth of Adebayo O. Ogunlesi is at least $27.3 Million dollars as of 19 May 2022. Mr. Ogunlesi owns over 4,063 units of Goldman Sachs stock worth over $26,701,489 and over the last 14 years he sold GS stock worth over $0. In addition, he makes $600,257 as Lead Independent Director at Goldman Sachs.

Asked By: Abraham Rogers Date: created: Nov 28 2023

Who is the Nigerian billionaire in UK

Answered By: Edward James Date: created: Nov 28 2023

Report: Nigerian billionaire Mmobuosi nears £90m takeover of Sheffield United

Dozy Mmobuosi, the Nigerian billionaire, is close to completing a £90 million takeover of Sheffield United FC in the, According to, Mmobuosi’s acquisition of the club is in the final stages and would be a huge financial ease for United, who are currently battling a transfer embargo.Although Mmobuosi’s purchase is still subject to the English Football League (EFL) owners’ and directors’ test, it is believed that “no problems have arisen” so far.Abdullah bin Al Saud, United’s current Saudi owner, has been willing to sell the club following his struggle to maintain the funding needed to keep the team going.

The Bramall Lane club is currently in the fight for promotion from the Championship into the English Premier League (EPL). They are second on the table with a 13-point cushion over the third-placed Middleborough FC. A transfer embargo was imposed on the club by the EFL after failing to pay instalments owed to other clubs from previous deals.

United are yet to pay Liverpool for the signing of Rhian Brewster for £23.5 million in October 2020. They have also forfeited the payment for Anel Ahmedhodzic, who moved from Malmo for an undisclosed fee in July. Mmobuosi’s Tingo mobile, an Agric-fintech company founded in 2001, is valued at around £7 billion.

The 43-year-old has also invested in Nigerian local football. In 2022, he financed a pre-season tournament between Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs and Shooting Stars won the N100 million prize of the competition. : Report: Nigerian billionaire Mmobuosi nears £90m takeover of Sheffield United

How does Gatwick make money?

Gatwick Airport returns to profit in 2022; retail revenue down just -19.9% on 2019 UK. London Gatwick Airport has released full-year results which show a return to profit in 2022. The encouraging performance was driven by strong retail (£159 million), car parking (£102 million) and aeronautical (£405 million) income, with total revenues reaching £776.6 million (-9% against 2019). Bouncing back: Gatwick Airport delivered a strong performance in 2022 with high levels of traffic returning as travel restrictions were lifted 2022 profit was £196.5 million, after a combined loss of £830 million from 2020 and 2021. EBITDA for the year stood at £446.3 million.

Asked By: Jesus Murphy Date: created: Dec 27 2023

Who owns New London Airport

Answered By: Adrian Price Date: created: Dec 29 2023

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 37°16′19″N 079°20′09″W  /  37.27194°N 79.33583°W

New London Airport

IATA : none ICAO : none FAA LID : W90

Airport type Public
Owner Liberty University
Serves Forest, Virginia
Elevation AMSL 849 ft / 259 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 3,164 964 Asphalt

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Aircraft operations 28,478
Based aircraft 76

/td> Source: Federal Aviation Administration

New London Airport ( FAA LID : W90 ) is a public-use airport located six miles (10 km) southwest of the central business district of Forest, a town in Bedford County, Virginia, United States, It is privately owned by Liberty University. It is a public airport, but usually involves GA aircraft only. On Sundays during the summer and early fall, the runway is used as a dragstrip,

Asked By: Angel Lee Date: created: Nov 02 2023

Who owns an international airport

Answered By: Julian Coleman Date: created: Nov 05 2023

Ownership in the US and Europe – In the US, almost all major airports are government-owned – usually by the local federal or city government. In New York, for example, JFK and La Guardia airports are owned by the City of New York. Newark is owned by the cities of Newark and Elizabeth. Photo: EQRoy/Shutterstock Private ownership is more common in Europe. Many airports, including Copenhagen, Zurich, and Rome Fiumicino airports, are privately owned with a minority government stake. Others, including Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, Munich, and Madrid-Barajas, are majority government-owned but with private investment. Photo: Alice-photo/Shutterstock Private ownership is often complex, though. Heathrow Airports Holdings is actually owned by a consortium known as FGP Topco Limited. This is made up of several companies, including the Spanish Infrastructure provider Ferrovial (with a 25% share), Qatar Investment Authority (20%), Canadian Institutional Investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (12.62%), the Government of Singapore (11%) and China Investment Corporation (10%).

Who owns Heathrow Airport?

Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited is in turn owned by FGP Topco Limited, a consortium owned and led by the infrastructure specialist Ferrovial S.A. (25.00%), Qatar Investment Authority (20.00%), Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) (12.62%), GIC (11.20%), Alinda Capital Partners of the United States (11.18%),

Why is Gatwick called London?

London Southend Airport – 36 miles from Central London (Essex) – The next closest airport is in Southend-on-Sea in Southend, Essex. Like Gatwick Airport, direct trains running to and from the airport is a major reason why it is able to boast about being a ‘London Airports’.

  • Trains run directly from the airport’s train station into Stratford in East London, as well as London Liverpool Street, with its name change taking place in 2008.
  • The airport is popular, having been voted the best airport in Britain for three consecutive years by consumer group Which?, in between 2013 and 2015.

It was also voted the best London airport six years in a row between 2013 and 2019. The airport is currently trying to recover from the pandemic and on its busiest day, just three planes leave the airport, according to the BBC.

Asked By: Gavin Ross Date: created: Oct 11 2023

Why is Gatwick called Gatwick

Answered By: Landon Baker Date: created: Oct 13 2023

Reigate and Redhill Society; History of Gatwick The first mention of the name ‘Gatwick’ was in 1241 when some land was purchased by John de Gatewyk. On this land he built a property called The Sub Manor of Gatwick. Around 1696 the estate was sold to William Jordan who built the grand and luxurious Gatwick Manor House to the east of Povey Cross, near the North Terminal, replacing the earlier building.

The name Gatwick is said to derive from old English meaning (essentially) “Goat Farm”. The London & Brighton Railway opened on 12th July 1841 and ran close to the Gatwick Manor house. The Jordan family sold the land to the newly established Gatwick Race Course Company in 1890. The following year, the new owners opened a racecourse adjacent to the railway to replace a racecourse in Croydon and the railway, now the London Brighton & South Coast Railway, opened Gatwick Racecourse station on the site of the present Airport Station.

The station was only open on race days. The racecourse had both flat steeplechases and hosted the Grand National during some years of World War 1 as Aintree Racecourse had been requisitioned by the War Office. There was also a Gatwick Golf Club for a few years from 1907.

  • In the late 1920s, an aerodrome was opened at the south end of the present airport close to Tinsley Green Lane.
  • The railway (now the Southern Railway) opened a station in 1935 just under a mile south of Gatwick Racecourse Station.
  • The new station was initially named Tinsley Green but was soon renamed Gatwick Airport.

This station had a subway to the first airport terminal, The Beehive. In 1940, the airport was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in 1952, it was decided to expand Gatwick Airport as London’s second airport. The final horse race was run in 1940.

  1. Between 1956 and 1958, the airport was closed for major redevelopment.
  2. This involved diverting the River Mole and the A23 and A217 roads, building a runway across the former racecourse, building the South Terminal and redeveloping the old Racecourse Station to become the new Airport Station.
  3. In 1958, the new station opened and the old Airport Station was closed and later demolished.

The former racecourse signalbox was retained on the centre of the three island platforms. The bandstand from the Racecourse was moved to Queens Square Crawley and moved again to the Memorial Gardens in Crawley.

Both stations are visible on the 1953 version of the famous ‘London to Brighton in 4 minutes’ film which is widely available on youtube.The airport caused the introduction of new services; some Reading to Redhill services were extended to Gatwick from 1980 and the Gatwick Express services started in 1984.Between late 2010 and early 2014, new facilities were built at the station, including platform 7 and a refurbishment of the concourse.As the airport steadily grew, the old station was reaching its limits and construction of the new concourse began in November 2020 and took three years to complete.

: Reigate and Redhill Society; History of Gatwick

Asked By: Miles Jones Date: created: May 23 2023

Why does Gatwick only use one runway

Answered By: Seth Mitchell Date: created: May 23 2023

Two runways already? – For all intents and purposes, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) already has two runways. While one is used as the everyday runway, the other is used as a taxiway most of the time. The second runway is only used for departures and arrivals when the primary runway can’t be used.

Why did Emirates ban flights to Nigeria?

Emirates Airlines to resume immediate flights to Nigeria

  • ABUJA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Emirates Airlines will resume immediate flight schedules to Nigeria and lift a visa ban on Nigerian travellers, following a meeting between the leaders of the two countries, the Nigerian presidency said on Monday.
  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met on Monday in Abu Dhabi to lift the visa ban and agree on new investments into Africa’s largest economy.
  • Tinubu stopped in Abu Dhabi on his way from G20 summit in India, where he wooed investors to Nigeria.
  • Last month Tinubu said he wanted an to the disagreements with Emirates Airlines and visa issues by the Arab country.

The UAE stopped issuing visas to Nigerians last year after Dubai’s Emirates suspended flights due to an inability to repatriate funds from Nigeria. Etihad Airlines had also stopped flights to Nigeria. Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 13, 2021.

Picture taken through a window. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramah/File Photo “As negotiated between the two Heads of State, this immediate restoration of flight activity, through these two airlines and between the two countries, does not involve any immediate payment by the Nigerian government,” the president’s spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale said in a statement.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, faces dollar shortages which has made it difficult for some foreign airlines that sold tickets in the Nigerian naira currency to get money out of the country. Tinubu has embarked on the country’s boldest reforms in decades, which investors have welcomed.

  1. But liquidity has yet to return on the official market with the naira quoted at a premum on the black market.
  2. Ngelale said Tinubu negotiated a new foreign exchange liquidity program between the two governments and that details will be announced in the coming weeks.
  3. He said both leaders have established a framework for new investments involving several billions of dollars into the Nigerian economy across multiple sectors, including defense, agriculture and others, by UAE’s investment arms, Ngelale said.

Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha and Felix Onuah Editing by David Evans, Peter Graff and Richard Chang Our Standards: : Emirates Airlines to resume immediate flights to Nigeria

What airline owns EasyJet?

European AOC – An EasyJet Europe Airbus A319 arrives at Bristol Airport in May 2019. This aircraft is registered in Austria as OE-LQQ. Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, EasyJet announced a plan to establish an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in another EU member state.

This will secure the flying rights of the 30% of EasyJet’s network that remains wholly within and between EU states, excluding the UK. EasyJet expects a one-off cost of around £10 million over two years with up to £5 million incurred in the 2017 financial year. The primary driver of the cost is the re-registering of aircraft in an EU AOC jurisdiction.

In July 2017, EasyJet announced that it has applied for, and was subsequently granted by the Ministry of Transport, an Austrian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and operating permit, thereby establishing EasyJet Europe, The new airline is headquartered in Vienna and will allow EasyJet to continue operating flights across and within European countries after the UK leaves the EU.

  • The first aircraft, an Airbus A320, was re-registered as OE-IVA.
  • EasyJet announced that the transition would result in no job losses in the UK, as the staff to be employed by EasyJet Europe are already based in the EU27.
  • EasyJet UK staff would continue to be based in Luton.
  • The group will thus comprise three airlines, EasyJet UK, EasyJet Europe, and EasyJet Switzerland, all of which are owned by EasyJet plc, which is itself EU owned and controlled, listed on the London Stock Exchange, and based in the UK.

In May 2018, EasyJet confirmed that it was very close to achieving the required majority EU27 share ownership and that the UK government will nevertheless continue to consider it as a UK airline.

How many private jets are owned by Nigerians?

Nigeria’s private jet operators call for help over bureaucracy As Nigeria’s aviation sector gradually recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, private jet operators are contending with decisions on the new realities and advocating a more favourable policy environment to sustain this market.

  1. In August 2015, Nigeria had no fewer than 146 private jets.
  2. However this had reduced to less than 100 by August 2021, with only about 45 being active.
  3. With lockdowns and the inability to use the aircraft since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, maintenance and other costs have risen.
  4. Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) holders of private Gulfstream jets, Hawker series, Challenger Global 5000, and Falcon 7x jets in the country include top politicians, business moguls, and even pastors.

However, many of the luxury jets are not in operation and are building up heavy fees on a daily basis. The downtime in global business, risk of exposure to Covid-19, and the hurdles of overcoming travel restrictions overseas, all contribute to the current market situation.

  • Omotade Lepe, chief operating officer at the Association of Private Jets Nigeria, revealed that the sub-sector had lost between $1 billion to $5 billion due to the pandemic.
  • Speaking in Lagos at a recent launch of a mobile app from new luxury tech and travel company, Avantefly, Benedict Adeyileka, the former rector of the International Aviation College (IAC) in Ilorin, Kwara State, called for policies that could encourage private jet operators in the interest of Nigeria’s economy.

He stressed the importance of encouraging investors to use their savings, or to borrow from banks, to purchase assets or aircraft for business, and to be confident that the country’s policies would protect them. Adeyileka emphasised the need for a deeper evaluation of the policies that could encourage the sub-sector’s prosperity, spilling into contributions to the overall economy of the country.

“The only way we can stop these problems we have now is to have our own manpower development, to have our own internal development. I don’t want a situation where there is lack of capacity and people from outside the country will come inside the country and take the market,” he said. Dikko Nwachukwu, chief executive of Jetwest Mobility, said there were opportunities for Nigeria that the Covid-19 pandemic experience had produced, stressing that tapping into these would give luxury operators the required boost.

He made a case for partnerships, saying it had become a great catalyst in making the industry sit up. “Looking inwards to see how we can grow our own industries here in Nigeria, we have a lot of resources across west Africa. We have a lot, and brothers in east and southern Africa have been doing this for a long time.

David Augustine, chief pilot of Ezuma Jets, agreed, noting that there was huge potential for business if policies are put right, despite the Covid situation.”We need the government to help us out with easier policies,” he said, emphasising the importance of making the AOC acquisition process easier.”I want us to understand that the private jet industry is an industry that can bring so much change into the Nigerian economy,” he added, explaining that pulling resources together could help private jet operators in times like this.To make the environment more progressive for this unique market, Olu Ohunayo of the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASTRTI) said the government should provide a safe environment for private jets operations.However, he also noted that the government needed to tighten recording processes and ensure that organisations paid the requisite fees for the country’s benefit.

: Nigeria’s private jet operators call for help over bureaucracy

Who is the richest the richest man in Nigeria?


Name Citizenship Net worth (USD)
Aliko Dangote Nigeria 13.9 billion
Abdul Samad Rabiu Nigeria 7 billion
Mike Adenuga Nigeria 6.7 Billion

How many billionaires are in Nigeria?

Forbes magazine has named three Nigerians among its 2460 individual billionaires in its 2023 Billionaires list. The three Nigerians on the list are the President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, BUA Group chairman AbdulSamad Rabiu, and Globacom boss, Mike Adenuga.

Asked By: Alfred Parker Date: created: Jul 18 2024

Who founded Gatwick Airport

Answered By: Richard Martin Date: created: Jul 18 2024

1920–1945 –

  • Late 1920s: Land adjacent to the racecourse (at Hunts Green Farm, along Tinsley Green Lane) was used as an aerodrome, The Hunts Green farmhouse on the land used for the aerodrome was converted into a clubhouse and terminal.
  • November 1928: From then, Dominion Aircraft Limited based its Avro 504 G-AACX at Gatwick.
  • 1 August 1930: Ronald Waters, manager of Home Counties Aircraft Service (based at Penshurst Airfield in Kent ), who had come into possession of Gatwick Aerodrome, got a licence for it. He founded the Surrey Aero Club there.
  • 2–3 August 1930: Flying began with pleasure flights for the local population in Avro 504s of Waters’s Surrey Aero Club.
  • 1932: The Redwing Aircraft Company bought the aerodrome, and operated a flying school; it was also used for pilots flying in for races.
  • 1933: The Air Ministry approved commercial flights from Gatwick.
  • September 1933: A.M. (Morris) Jackaman, who owned several light aircraft, bought the aerodrome for £13,500. He had bold ideas for its future, such as expanding it to make it suitable to use as a relief aerodrome for London (Croydon) Airport and providing a regular service to Paris using de Havilland DH.84 Dragon aircraft. He overcame resistance from the Air Ministry, which was concerned about the cost of draining the clayey land and diverting the River Mole,
  • 1934: Jackaman oversaw Gatwick’s transition to a public aerodrome, licensed for non-private flights, and planned a proper terminal building linked to a new railway station on the adjacent Brighton Main Line, He formed a new airport company, Airports Limited. Hillman’s Airways became Gatwick’s first commercial airline operator, beginning scheduled services from the airport to Belfast and Paris.
  • January 1935: Hillman’s Airways moved to Gatwick from Stapleford Aerodrome,
  • 1935: A new airline, Allied British Airways, was formed with the merger of Hillman’s Airways, United Airways and Spartan Air Lines, The new carrier, which later shortened its name to British Airways, became Gatwick’s principal operator. Dorking and Horley Rural District Council was concerned about possible compensation claims from local residents and the threat of facing liability for flying accidents, and it “could see no benefit” to allowing further development of the aerodrome.

British Airways Ltd. DH.86 at the Beehive terminal building in 1936

  • 6 July 1935: The aerodrome closed temporarily for renovations, which included building the ” Beehive “, the world’s first circular terminal building.
  • September 1935: Tinsley Green station opened on time, served by two trains per hour on the Victoria -Brighton line.
  • 30 September 1935: Tinsley Green station opened 0.85 mi (1.37 km) south of the present Gatwick station.
  • October 1935: The contracted opening date, but it was not met, partly because of drainage problems.
  • 17 May 1936: The first scheduled flight departed from the Beehive terminal at 1:30 pm, bound for Paris Le Bourget, Jersey Airways operated this flight with a DH.86 under contract to British Airways Ltd., whose livery the aircraft wore. The airfare was £4 5 s (including a first-class rail ticket from London Victoria Station ), and there were up to three flights a day. Later the same day, British Airways Ltd. introduced another new scheduled service from Gatwick to Malmö, which routed via Amsterdam, Hamburg and Copenhagen, Total travelling time between Gatwick and Malmö was six-and-a-half hours.
  • 25 May 1936: British Airways Ltd. and Southern Railway jointly launched scheduled air services between Gatwick and the Isle of Wight,
  • 1 June 1936: Tinsley Green station was renamed “Gatwick Airport”.
  • 6 June 1936: The airport was officially reopened by the Secretary of State for Air, Lord Swinton, It featured four grass landing strips which were linked to the terminal area by two concrete taxiways, one each for arriving and departing aircraft respectively. The Beehive, the new terminal, was officially opened the same day. The Beehive was designed by Frank Hoar and incorporated several novel features, including a subway to the railway station at Tinsley Green which allowed passengers to travel from Victoria Station to the aircraft without stepping outside (with a transfer time from train to plane of as little as 20 minutes ). Air Travel Ltd (a company specialising in aircraft and engine overhauls which had relocated to Gatwick from Penshurst ) moved into the new airport’s No.1 hangar,
  • July 1936: British Airways Ltd. inaugurated regular night mail flights linking Gatwick with Cologne and Hanover,
  • September and November 1936: Two fatal accidents happened, raising questions about the airport’s safety. The area was foggy, and its clay soil drained poorly; this caused the new subway to flood after rain.
  • 17 February 1937: Gatwick was declared unserviceable due to waterlogging following repeated, heavy rainfalls. Because of this tendency to flood, and because longer landing strips were needed, the pre-war British Airways moved to Croydon Airport, Gatwick returned to private flying, and was used as a Royal Air Force (RAF) flying school.
  • October 1937: The No.19 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School RAF (E&RFTS) began instructing future RAF pilots at Gatwick on de Havilland Tiger Moth and Hawker Hart biplanes,
  • 1938: Airwork General Trading Co. moved into the hangar British Airways Ltd. had occupied at Gatwick. This enabled Heston -based Airwork to expand its aircraft manufacturing capacity on behalf of the Civilian Repair Organisation (CRO), which had awarded it a contract to modify Whitley bombers for the RAF. Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd. was another company working under contract to the CRO at Gatwick at the time. It had been licensed to assemble Stinson Reliants and Beechcraft Expeditors for the Royal Navy and also repaired damaged Beaufighters,
  • 25 June 1938: The first Daily Express Air Display was held at Gatwick. Aircraft participating in the flypast included a Short Empire flying boat, a Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Condor, a Sabena Savoia-Marchetti SM.83, several RAF types and aerobatic aircraft.
  • 1 September 1939: No.19 E&RFTS ended its activities at Gatwick.
  • 3 September 1939: Following the declaration of war on Germany, all civilian flying at Gatwick and elsewhere in the UK stopped. As a consequence, civil aircraft maintenance and manufacturing activities at the airport stopped as well. This resulted in the airport being requisitioned by the Air Ministry, and becoming a base for RAF night-fighters and an Army co-operation squadron during World War II (primarily for repairs and maintenance and as an alternative to RAF Kenley in the event that Kenley was rendered inoperable by enemy action).
  • December 1939: The operations manager of British Airways Ltd., which had begun the process of merging with Imperial Airways to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), inspected Gatwick to assess its suitability as a base for the combined operations of the merged airline.
  • 1940: BOAC maintenance personnel began overhauling Armstrong Whitworth Ensigns and other aircraft types at Gatwick. Horse racing at Gatwick ended and never restarted.
  • 1940 and 1941: RAF units relocated to Gatwick from France, The airport became closely associated with the RAF Army Cooperation Command, As a result, several Army Cooperation Command aircraft were stationed at Gatwick. These included Westland Lysanders, Curtiss Tomahawks and North American Mustangs,
  • Late 1942: Gatwick began receiving RAF and USAAF bombers that were damaged or running short of fuel. The most common types were Avro Lancasters, Handley Page Halifaxes, Short Stirlings and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses,
  • January 1945: Gatwick was taken over by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Disarmament Unit. As a result, it received a large number of transport and communications aircraft,

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Who owns London airport?

Our company, Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA) owns and runs London Heathrow Airport, Britain’s aviation hub.

Asked By: Cyrus Moore Date: created: Mar 13 2024

Who is the owner of airport

Answered By: Oliver Johnson Date: created: Mar 15 2024

History – The Government of India constituted the International Airports Authority of India (IAAI) in 1972 to manage the nation’s international airports while the (NAAI) was constituted in 1986 to look after domestic airports. The organizations were merged in April 1995 by an, namely, the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994 and has been constituted as a Statutory Body and was named as Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Asked By: Wallace Thomas Date: created: May 31 2023

Who owns the London City Airport

Answered By: Harold Lee Date: created: Jun 01 2023

London City Airport is owned by a consortium, made up of AIMCo, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Wren House Infrastructure Management.