Gatwick has been London’s second airport since the 1950s, although planes first flew from the place in the late 1920s. Nowadays it handles more than 30 million passengers a year, and unlike Heathrow runs charter flights, full service flights and no frills flights. Gatwick Airport is now the tenth busiest airport in Europe, and has all the facilities you might expect of a large international airport. There are also many hotels at Gatwick airport to choose from.
Gatwick Airport has two terminals, the North and South terminals, and it is serviced by both trains and road.
Travel to Gatwick airport
Gatwick is 28 miles (48km) south of London and is serviced by two major roads. Those taking the M23, which starts at Marling Glen in Surrey and runs to Crawley eight miles south of the airport, will have to turn off at Junction 9. Alternatively, it is possible to take the A23 runs which runs from Kennington in South London to Brighton and passes close by the airport. Gatwick Airport Station services up to 12 trains per hour from London.
Parking at Gatwick
Airport parking at Gatwick has both long stay and short stay car parks. For North Terminal short stay you need car park 6, and for the South Terminal you need car park 3. As you drive into Gatwick you will see plenty of signs pointing the way to the short stay car park, which services both terminals. If you’re using the long stay car park you will have to get a bus to the airport.
You can drop off and pick up at the airport forecourt, but that will give you no waiting time at all. If you’re leaving people or picking them up you might find it easier to book a brief stay in a short stay car park. To really save time, choose the premium short stay parking which will allow you to park as close to the terminal as possible.
Opened by the Queen in 1988, the North terminal is the newest of Gatwick’s two terminals. You will probably fly from this terminal if you are travelling by British Airways, or the charter airways ThomsonFly or First Choice Airways.
Check in on the third floor of the North Terminal. Both British Airways and Continental Airways provide self-service check-in facilities close to their check-in desks. You can use online check-in at the North Terminal if you are flying by British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines and easyJet.
Take note: Flight calls are not announced in Gatwick North Terminal, so you will have to keep an eye on the departure boards to see when your flight is boarding.
There is a baggage store on the upper level near to check-in zone F & an airport lounge at Gatwick North Terminal.
Arrivals are on the ground floor.
You will be travelling from the North Terminal if you’re travelling on most British Airways flights, Delta Air Lines, and some overseas airline services, as well as a limited number of charter flights:
Delta Air Lines
First Choice Airways
flyLAL Lithuanian Airlines
Kibris Turkish Airlines
Almost 50 airlines operate from the South Terminal, including international and domestic flights, as well as charter flights. The terminal incorporates elements built in the 1950s, but a great selection of facilities will ensure your journey gets off to the best possible start. The terminal caters especially well for people with special needs, those travelling with children and for business travellers.
The check-in desks are located on the right hand side of the terminal. Aurigny Air Services, Norwegian, and Virgin Atlantic Airways all offer self-service check-in from the South Terminal and online check-in is offered by Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Aurigny Air Services, Flybe, easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, TAP Air Portugal, Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Take note: Flight calls are not announced in Gatwick South Terminal, so you will have to keep an eye on the departure boards to see when your flight is boarding.
There is a baggage store is at the far end of the arrivals area near Costa Coffee & a lounge at Gatwick South Terminal.
Arrivals are to the left of the South Terminal.
Most of Gatwick Airport’s traffic travels through the South Terminal, including:
Aurigny Air Services
Belavia Belarusian Airlines
BH Air (Balkan Holidays)
Monarch Airlines Charters
Monarch Airlines Scheduled
Pakistan International Airlines
TAP Air Portugal
Thomas Cook Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways