Executive Parking - Gatwick Airport
We have been providing executive parking services to business travellers and tourist at Gatwick for over 30 years. It’s a simple (some say beautifully simple) service where you drive your car to the airport drop off point – take your baggage (and fellow travellers) and leave your keys with one of our trusted meet and greet drivers.
When you return from your holiday your (valeted) car will be waiting for you at the airport and one of our meet and greet drivers will hand over the keys.
At Executive Parking Gatwick we provide:
- Secure parking for the entire length of your stay
- A meet and greet service so you don’t have to waste time getting car park buses before and after your flights
- A valet service can be requested so your car is returned clean and ready to go
- A genuine alternative to taking a door to door taxi or struggling on and off trains with your luggage
- Perfect for business and leisure use
- Executive Parking Gatwick safely store and valet your car in one of our secure car parks. We give complete peace of mind to the busy traveller.
About Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport was originally a small flyers club used by enthusiastic flyers in the 1930’s. The airport, then known as Surrey Aero Club, was licenced as a ‘public aerodrome’ in 1934. The airport was to act as a relief airport for London Croydon Airport which had been the main airport for London before being usurped by Northolt, Heathrow and later Gatwick. The first schedule flights from the airport were Hillman’s Airways flights to Belfast and Paris. Hilman’s airways had been formed in 1931 by Edward Hillman, owner of Essex’s Hilman’s Saloon Coaches and Airways. Hillman’s first scheduled service was between Romford and Clacton – the first flight taking place in 1932 with a return fare of £1. Hillman’s became a public company in 1934 but within a year had been merged with two other airlines, Spartan Air Lines Ltd and United Airways Ltd to form British airways.
Key dates in the development of Gatwick Airport
1214 – first use of the name the name Gatwick after John de Gatwick who had been assigned 18 acres of land from Richard de Warwick see www.gatwickaviationsociety.org.uk/history.asp
1890 – Gatwick purchased by the Gatwick Racecourse Company
1891 – Racecourse opens with its own railway station
1916 – 1918 –Gatwick racecourse hosts the Grand National
1928 – Domion Aircraft ltd based its Avro 504 G-AACX at Gatwick
1930 – New owner Ronald Waters had the airfield licensed – more and more jockeys arriving by plane!
1932 – Morris Jackaman bought Gatwick for £13,500
1934 – Morris Jackaman formed Airport Limited – The Air ministry issued Gatwick’s with a public licence allowing it to be used by commercial aircraft.
1935 - Jackaman worked with his then business partner Marcel Desoutter and Airports Limited was made public. There were 840,000 shares sold for 5s each and together they formulated plans for a Terminal building. Coupled with this a new railway station was opened at Gatwick in September 1935 served by two Southern Railway trains an hour, on the Victoria to Brighton line.
1936 - The Beehive, the original terminal building at Gatwick was opened. The round terminal with an elongated tunnels or ‘Piers’ provided covered walkways to the aircraft and to the railway station. The interior was build using a series of concentric rings and was designed to keep arriving and departing passengers separate. For more information see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beehive,_Gatwick_Airport The Beehive is still used – though no longer part of the airport, it is home to ‘many ambitious and successful companies’ including project associates who include details about the Beehive on their website (www.projectassociatesse.com/gatwick-the-beehive/)
1936 – the first commercial flight from the airport was to Paris in May 1936 – a ticket including travel from Victoria was £4 and 5s (about £160 in todays money)
1939 – 1945 – During WWII the airport was acquisitioned by the air ministry for use by the RAF. The racecourse was also acquisitioned to increase the total area.
1946 – Gatwick retained and operated by the ministry of civil aviation – a small number of charter airlines used the airport
1952 – Government approved he proposed development of Gatwick as an alternative to Heathrow
1956 – Gatwick closed and building began on the new London Airport
1958 – After 33 months and at a cost of £7.8million Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the airport on 9 June
1959 – Passenger figures are around 368,000 per annum
1962 – Work began on increasing the size and capacity of the airport
1964 – The runway was extended to 8,200 feet
1967- 68 passenger figures rise to around 2 million per annum
1970 – Runway extended further to 9,075 feet
1973 – A further increase in the length of the runway to 10,165 feet
For more details about the history of Gatwick see www.gatwickaviationsociety.org.uk/history.asp
Gatwick airport facts
45 airlines operate from the airport
2.38 million passengers a year use the airport
Gatwick has 346 check-ins, 187 in the South Terminal and 159 in the North Terminal – there are also 69 self-service kiosks
Barcelona is the most visited destination from Gatwick
Gatwick flies to more destinations than any other UK airport
Around 45 airlines use Gatwick – serving 200 destinations in 90 countries
The most popular UK destination is Edinburgh
The current runaway is 3316m long by 45m wide (10879 ft x 148 ft)