Marathon runner, 101, named as oldest flyer
GATWICK Airport has announced the winner in its search to find its oldest traveller - a 101-year-old marathon runner.
Fauja Singh travels the world to compete in races and is known as The Turbaned Tornado.
Mr Singh, who has lived in Britain since 1992, received a letter from the Queen on reaching 100 last year and last month carried the Olympic Flame.
For being named as the airport's oldest traveller he has won two return flights to Las Vegas from Gatwick.
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Mr Singh, who only speaks Punjabi, said through his coach and translator Harmander Singh: "One of the most precious things in life to me is being able to see the world and have new experiences and I don't plan to give up anytime soon."
He has completed nine marathons since he began running aged 89 and in April finished the London Marathon in seven hours, 49 minutes.
Gatwick's search for its oldest traveller was held to highlight how accessible airport travel can be for passengers of all ages and those with reduced mobility.