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Gatwick Airport by Private Jet

Overview summary

Gatwick Airport is located in Horley, West Sussex. The airport is approximately an hour’s drive to Central London.

Private air charters are available to and from London Gatwick International Airport, although many private jet customers choose to use alternative airports (including London Biggin Hill), due to congestion and high landing fees.

For private jet charter or helicopter flights from London Gatwick Airport or any othre London airport call PrivateFly on +44 20 7100 6960 (24 hours).

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London Gatwick Airport History

During 1931 Gatwick was growing as a flying club and in 1934, Gatwick was granted its first public license which allowed commercial aircraft to be used there. A new railway station was opened, running services on the Victoria to Brighton line in 1935.

The world’s first circular terminal, known as the ‘Beehive’ was opened in 1936. During World War II, the airport was used by the RAF and in 1946 the airport operated for civilian use with a small number of charter airlines.

In 1958, after extensive building words to build the ‘new London Airport’, Her Majesty The Queen officially opened Gatwick Airport. The Queen also opened the new North Terminal in 1988.

More additions to the airport were completed in 1994, with the opening of the new North Terminal International Departures Lounge, and in 2000, the new extension to the North and South Terminals were opened, offering more passenger facilities such as additional seating, retail and restaurants.

Landing at London Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick Airport Location

Gatwick Airport is located in Horley, West Sussex. The airport is approximately an hour’s drive to Central London.

London Gatwick Airport Facts

Airport Codes: LGW/EGKK
Elevation: 62m

London Gatwick (LGW) Airport is open 24hrs. However many private jet travellers choose not to use Gatwick.

PrivateFly's private jet flights to Gatwick are for passengers who are either:
1. Connecting with an airline flight.
2. Live to the South of London and are flying outside of Biggin Hill Airport's opening times.

Gatwick Airport is convenient for private jet passengers connecting with long haul airline flights. The ground transfer from private jet to airline is less than 10 minutes.

Reasons to avoid Gatwick in a private jet

At busy times, Gatwick's single runway is congested and aircraft are held for up to 20 minutes prior to landing. Gatwick is also an expensive private jet airport to fly from or to.


The most convenient alternative private jet airport for Gatwick is London Biggin Hill Airport, approximately 30 minutes' drive away. As a dedicated private jet airport, Biggin Hill offers great availability and lower handling fees than Gatwick.

For a personalised quote or further information please contact us or call +44 20 7100 6960 (24 hours).

Private jet charter prices - London Gatwick Airport

Find private flight prices online for private jet charter to or from London Gatwick Airport with our private jet cost calculator.

For a personalised quote or further information please contact us or call +44 20 7100 6960 (24 hours).

London Gatwick Runway Length

London Gatwick Airport in London, United Kingdom has a runway length of 10879 feet and is suitable for Small props, Small Jets, Medium Jets, Long Range Jets, Regional Airliners, Large Airliners .

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