I was looking at the website for the London-Gatwick International Airport (LGW/EGKK) which claims that Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world and the second largest airport in the UK. That info sounds fine to me, however, I was surprised that they also claim to be the "sixth busiest International Airport in the world!"
The reason I'm surprised about Gatwick being the 6th busiest Intl Airport in the world is because it only has one runway and thus can't receive parallel approaches or have aircraft arriving and departing at the same time.
So, does anyone know how many aircraft Gatwick Intl Airport handles per hour (arrival & departures) on average? It must be a heck of a lot, to claim #6 busiest worldwide.
How can Gatwick have almost as much air traffic volume as Atlanta, JFK, LAX, Toronto, Hong Kong, Miami, Heathrow, O'Hare, etc, etc, etc....with only one runway?
Gatwick's website (click on About Gatwick).
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