If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Concierge outlets in Gatwick North Terminal or Gatwick South Terminal. You must exit through Customs first. You can also buy an Oyster Card at the Skybreak Service Centre in both terminals and at the Gatwick Airport train station.
By late 2015, EasyJet flew over 100 routes from Gatwick with a fleet of more than 60 aircraft. The airport is the carrier's largest base, and its 16 million passengers per year accounted for 45 percent of Gatwick's 2013 total (ahead of Gatwick's second-largest passenger airline: British Airways (BA), whose 4.5 million passengers comprised 14 percent of total passenger traffic in 2011–12).[nb 4]
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Whether you have an early flight or have to stay at the airport during the night, airport hotels are always the best option.
Gatwick Airport has 2 terminals, serving roughly 41 million passengers a year, transporting them to more than 200 worldwide destinations.
For Gatwick flight departures, check-in desks can be found on the 3rd floor of both the North and South Terminals. All passengers must clear security control before entering the departure lounge where you'll find shops, bars, cafes and currency exchange. Boarding begins 45 minutes before take-off.
The official opening of the central and main pier of what is now the South Terminal, with 11 aircraft stands, was on 9 June 1958. Gatwick was one of the world's first airports with an enclosed pier-based terminal, which allowed passengers to walk under cover to waiting areas near the aircraft (with only a short walk outdoors). Another feature of Gatwick's new air terminal was its modular design, permitting subsequent, phased expansion.
On 21 December 2010, the A$69 billion (£44 billion) Future Fund, a sovereign wealth fund established by the Australian government in 2006, agreed to purchase a 17.2-percent stake in Gatwick Airport from GIP for £145 million. This transaction completed GIP's syndication process for the airport, reducing its stake to 42 percent (although the firm's extra voting rights mean it still controls the airport's board).
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The busiest routes to and from London Gatwick during 2015 are listed in the following table.
Before the sale, BAA planned an £874 million investment at Gatwick over five years, including increased capacity for both terminals, improvements to transport interchange and a new baggage system for the South Terminal. Passengers passing through the airport are informed about the redevelopment programme with large mobile barcodes on top of construction hoardings. Scanning these transfers information on the construction to the user's smartphone.
National Express can help with accessibility requirements if you contact them at least 36 hours before you are due to travel. For more details see the National Express website.
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Southern also offers regular train services during the day from Gatwick to London Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction.
London Gatwick (LGW) is the most efficient single-runway airport in the world, serving 200 destinations in 90 countries for 35 million customers a year.
As passenger numbers grew, a circular satellite pier was added to the terminal building. It was connected to the main terminal by the UK's first automated people mover system. (This replaced the original North pier dating from 1962; and the people mover was subsequently replaced with a walkway and travelators).
Gatwick is one of three UK airports with body scanners, located in the main search areas of both terminals. Access to airside portions of the airport is controlled and maintained by the airport's team of security officers, regulated by the Department for Transport. Brook House, an immigration-removal centre of UK Visas and Immigration, was opened near the airport on 18 March 2009 by the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
The Gatwick Express is the fastest way into Central London. Trains run every 15 minutes between Gatwick Airport's South Terminal and London Victoria Station every day from 4.35am to 1.35am. Journey time is 30 minutes and the service is non-stop to Victoria station.
Local buses connect the North and South Terminals with Crawley, Horley, Redhill, Horsham and Caterham. Services are offered by Metrobus and Fastway, a partly guided bus rapid transit system which was the first of its kind to be built outside a major city. There are two sets of stairs for pedestrians to leave South Terminal at ground level (near the cycle route) from Zone L and the train-station area (labelled Exit Q and Exit P on the ground), which access local bus stops.
The Gatwick Express is a non-stop train between London Victoria, which is in the heart of Central London and London Gatwick Airport. It takes only 30 minutes - perfect for a quick and easy journey to catch your flight or if you’re looking to start your London adventure as soon as possible. Please allow plenty of time to get to the airport to catch your flight. The recommended times to arrive at Gatwick can be found here.
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Gatwick is unique amongst London's airports in its representation of the three main airline business models: full service, low-/no frills and charter. As of April 2015, these respectively accounted for 30 percent, 64 percent and 6 percent of Gatwick's seat capacity.
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London Oyster Cards and contactless cards have been accepted on the Line[which?] since January 2016.
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There are many different trains to London from Gatwick airport.
On 9 April 2009, an independent pay-for-access lounge, No.1 Traveller, opened in the South Terminal. Gatwick has a conference and business centre, and several on- and off-site hotels ranging in class from executive to economy. The airport has Anglican, Catholic and Free Church chaplains, and there are multi-faith prayer and counselling rooms in each terminal. A daily service is led by one of the chaplains.
The EU–US Open Skies Agreement, which became effective on 30 March 2008, led a number of airlines to downsize their transatlantic operations at Gatwick in favour of Heathrow. Continental Airlines was the second transatlantic carrier (after American Airlines) to leave Gatwick after its decision to transfer the seasonal Cleveland service to Heathrow on 3 May 2009.
Night flights are subject to restrictions; between 11 pm and 7 am, noisier aircraft (rated QC/8 and QC/16) may not operate. From 11.30 pm to 6 am (the night quota period) there are three limits:
Southern provides assistance boarding and alighting from trains, and will alert station staff to the needs of disabled travellers. The company also provides a free taxi service for disabled travellers at stations with restricted access, which takes them to the next accessible station on their route. More information on the Southern website.
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Gatwick Express services will operate to a revised timetable from 11th July. The frequency between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport will not be every 15 minutes, with larger gaps between trains at certain times of day from Mondays to Fridays. Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Brighton are also subject to alteration from Mondays to Fridays.
In late 2011, the Department for Transport also began a feasibility study for a high-speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow as part of a plan combining the airports into a "collective" or "virtual hub", Heathwick. The scheme envisages a high-speed rail route parallel to the M25, covering 35 miles (56 km) in 15 minutes. Trains would reach speeds of 180 mph (290 km/h), and passengers would need to pass through immigration (or check in) only once.
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Find out about what services Gatwick Airport offers for those requiring special assistance.
@BramhallNatalie Hi Natalie, please share your feedback with us via this link: https://t.co/etMmZvFjLR and we'll look into this. Thanks - MT
The Gatwick Express rail service has a range of features to make travelling easy for everyone, including dedicated areas for passengers with wheelchairs. For information visit the Gatwick Express website.