Timelapse footage of busiest runway being London's Gatwick

  • It shows the runway at London Gatwick as up to 55 planes an hour take off
  • The video was released to celebrate the busiest-ever April in Gatwick’s history 
  • During this month 3.8million passengers travelled through the airport 

It’s the world’s busiest runway as you’ve never seen it before.

This mesmerising timelapse footage shows the runway at London Gatwick as up to 55 planes an hour take off and land.

The never-before-seen video was shot over a period of 24 hours, but has been sped-up into a three-minute spectacle.

The daytime segment reveals planes big and small hurrying back and forth to the gates, ferrying thousands of passengers around. The video was released to celebrate the busiest-ever April in Gatwick's history

The daytime segment reveals planes big and small hurrying back and forth to the gates, ferrying thousands of passengers around. The video was released to celebrate the busiest-ever April in Gatwick’s history

At night the glowing planes look like a meteor shower bombarding the runway.

The daytime segment reveals planes big and small hurrying back and forth to the gates, ferrying thousands of passengers around.

The video was released to celebrate the busiest-ever April in Gatwick’s history.

During this month 3.8million passengers travelled through the airport – up 15 per cent on April 2016.

The airport benefitted from the whole of the Easter school holiday falling in April, with an additional 496,200 passengers passing through the airport.

During April 3.8million passengers travelled through Gatwick ¿ up 15 per cent on April 2016

During April 3.8million passengers travelled through Gatwick – up 15 per cent on April 2016

The never-before-seen video was shot over a period of 24 hours, but has been sped-up into a three-minute spectacle

The never-before-seen video was shot over a period of 24 hours, but has been sped-up into a three-minute spectacle

Gatwick said that its long-haul routes continue their ‘booming growth’, with passenger numbers up 23 per cent on April 2016.

In addition, it said, there has been a 27.2 per cent increase in cargo passing through the hub.

The airport’s north Atlantic routes have performed particularly well, with traffic up by 70 per cent to New York, 56 per cent to Los Angeles and 53 per cent to Fort Lauderdale.

As well as the airport’s long-haul growth, Gatwick’s connections throughout the UK and Channel Islands performed strongly in April, up 10.7 per cent on 2016.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, said: ‘Gatwick’s vital role for Britain shines through our latest traffic figures as the airport continues to go from strength to strength as we gear up for our biggest summer yet.

‘Confidence in Gatwick is unrelenting as our existing carriers increase frequencies, Cathay Pacific will be providing a daily connection from Gatwick to Hong Kong from June, and new routes are announced.

‘We continue our trailblazing low-cost long-haul revolution, bringing more parts of the globe within reach of more Britons, with the world’s furthest low-cost long-haul connection just announced between Gatwick and Singapore, from Norwegian.

‘Our booming long-haul routes have driven a huge cargo increase and at this crucial time for the country and the economy, Gatwick continues to stand ready and offers the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.’ 


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