Can you score 13 out of 13 in our airports and aviation quiz?
How much information have you soaked up on your travels across the skies? Are you a casual air passenger or aviation expert? Take our fun quiz to find out.
GATWICK BY NUMBERS: QUESTIONS
- How big is Gatwick Airport?
- How many passengers flew via Gatwick in its first year, to the nearest 10,000?
- How many passengers flew via Gatwick in 2016, to the nearest million?
- What was its top 3 travel destinations in 2016?
- What were the most popular ways to travel to Gatwick in 2016?
- Which notable award did the airport win in 2012?
AVIATION GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: QUESTIONS
- How do airlines avoid an outbreak of food poisoning mid-flight?
- What is the international flight language, which commercial pilots and traffic controllers MUST know?
- What was the original name for JFK Airport in New York?
- When was the last commercial flight of Concorde?
- How many parts make up a Boeing 747, to the nearest million?
- What is a fear of heights called?
- What is the world’s largest passenger plane?
GATWICK BY NUMBERS: ANSWERS
- Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second-busiest airport after Heathrow, is spread across 8 hectares.
- 190,000 passengers passed through its doors in its first year of operation (rounded up).
- In 2016, the airport is a host to more than 44 million passengers every year, flying to more destinations than any other airport in the UK.
- In 2016, its top destination (based on passenger numbers) was Barcelona, followed by Dublin and Malaga.
- 36% of its passengers travelled to the airport by car (hence its crowded and pretty stressful car park) followed by rail (34%) and taxi (15%).
- Gatwick Airport was the proud recipient of Loo of the year 2012, for its glistening South Terminal toilets.
AVIATION GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: ANSWERS
- To stop the potential spread of food poisoning to the cockpit, most pilots and co-pilots on major airlines eat a different set of meals to their customers on board – thus avoiding the plotline of the classic 80s film, Airplane!
- All commercial pilots and air traffic controllers who work on international flights must speak English: the international flight language.
- JFK Airport was originally named Idlewild Airport.
- The turbojet airliner Concorde was in commercial use until 2003. Another fun fact: Concorde was flown by more astronauts than pilots.
- A Boeing 747 is made up of six million individual parts.
- Fear of heights is called acrophobia.
- The double-decker, four-engine Airbus A380 holds the record for being the world’s largest passenger plane.
There you have it: some interesting but potentially useless fun facts to throw around the office or a pub quiz. If you scored 13 out of 13, you’re officially an aviation expert.