But it wasn't always this way – this weekend the airport celebrates 60 years since it officially opened in its modern form and at that time there were just 186,000 passengers passing through a year.
In celebration of the milestone, we've dug out some vintage pictures of Gatwick airport from yesteryear – when no one needed to put liquids in tiny bags, plane travel was only for the well-off and people still thought flying in a suit was a good idea.
Opened by Queen Elizabeth II on June 9, 1958, Gatwick became the first airport in the world to combine air, road and train travel in one single unit.
Since then, new innovations include the opening of a second terminal, a new control tower, Gatwick Express and the passenger bridge.
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