In April Gatwick broke the record for the number of passengers passing through a single-runway airport in a year, with strong growth in long-haul flyers helping it pass the 44m mark. The airport also saw cargo volumes rise 20% to more than 80,000 tons. Travellers can fly to 226 destinations in 70 countries from the airport, which is owned by a consortium led by Global Infrastructure Partners. It bought the business in 2009 for a reported £1.5bn and appointed Stewart Wingate, 45, chief executive.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank85
CompanyGatwick
ActivityAirport
LocationGatwick
Sales £m*725
Profit £m*374
Year endMar 17
Principal shareholdersGlobal Infrastructure Partners (42%), Future Fund Board of Guardians (17%), The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (16%), others (25%)
Staff2,871
Founded1986
Websitewww.gatwickairport.com

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