Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
23 May 2016 09:01
Gatwick has marked the 80th anniversary of its first flight
Gatwick has offered holidaymakers a glimpse into its past, by releasing a series of images to mark a new milestone.
This month marks the 80th anniversary of the first scheduled passenger flight from the West Sussex airport.
In order to celebrate the occasion, the airport has unveiled a range of historic pictures, covering the last eight decades.
The pictures include one of Diana, Princess of Wales, listening to air traffic control dialogue during a trip to the site in 1988, and another of the Queen opening the rebuilt airport in the late 1950s.
Meanwhile, Pope John Paul II and the former US president John F Kennedy are also represented in the set of photos.
May 1936 saw the first scheduled flight take off from Gatwick, with the plane heading for Paris over the English Channel in France.
The European destinations of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmo were also served by flights from Gatwick in the 12 months following its opening.
Whether people fly from Gatwick or any of the UK's other airports, travel insurance can offer them peace of mind during a holiday.
It can offer them financial protection should the unexpected occur while they are overseas.
Gatwick's passenger growth
Gatwick recently highlighted just how much it has grown over the last 80 years by revealing its latest passenger figures.
The airport celebrated the fact that its annual passenger total has now reached a level of 41 million.
Gatwick and its South East rival Heathrow are both aiming to secure permission to build a new runway from the Government.
The Airports Commission last year recommended that a new runway should be built at Heathrow.
However, the Government has opted to extend its decision-making process, with further work on noise, pollution and compensation being carried out to determine which site should be expanded.
09 December 2016
A scuba diver swam some 16 kilometres to shore after becoming stranded from his boat off the coast of Western Australia in what one rescuer hailed an amazing tale of survival.
08 December 2016
Do you have any older relatives or neighbours who are likely to be alone over Christmas?
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.