London Gatwick (LGW) Airport
London Gatwick LGW Airport Overview
It may be noted that since 2010 Gatwick Airport is a stand-alone Airport - competing directly with London Heatthrow Airport! In this time period it has made considerable upgrades and now serves half of the global growth markets. Due to its runway expansion it is able to accommodate the A380, presently the largest aircaft.
According to ACI Europe, Gatwick is now one of Europe's fastst-growing airports.
LGW Airport is lonly 5 km north of the town of Crawley, in West Sussex, and is 46 km south of central London, England. It is accessible by a motorway spur road at junction 9A of M23, linking it to the main M23, 1.5 km east at junction 9, and connects with London's orbital motorway.
The Gatwick Airport Railway Station - recently refurbished - is adjacent to the South Terminal.
With one long runway and 40 million passengers annually*, London Gatwick Airport is served by a multitude of domestic & international, regular & low-cost, and charter airlines, offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the world. Gatwick also is able to accommodate the Airbus A380. As Gatwick's passenger count is on a steady increase, so do the airline and destination choices available.
* During the 12-month between Sept. 2015 & Aug. 2016 Gatwick Airport counted 42M passengers - a record for a single-runway airport!
NOTE: Visa requirements for travelers from India: Tourists, travelers on business & other eligible visitors from India may visit both the UK and North & South Ireland - moving freely between the two countries on a single visa.
The following Airlines moved to new terminals:
- British Airways - to South Terminal
- EasyJet & Virgin Atlantic - to North Terminal.
On-Airport Hotels (For general Airport hotel information call 0871 360 2427.)
- BLOC Gatwick Hotel is right next to the South Terminal's departure lounge. It is the answer to passengers needing to catch a 6am flight. Patrons may control from either smartphone or tablet: room temperature, blinds, lights, TV, & bill pay & checkout.
- Hilton London (with business center) with covered walkway to South Terminal and only minutes from North Terminal.
- Sofitel is directly connected to the North Terminal by covered walkway.
- Courtyard by Marriott, a 5-minute walk from South Terminal (with conference facilities).
- Hampton by Hilton, a three-star hotel, at North Terminal with covered walkway.
- YOTEL with 46 cabins is inside the South Terminal, for hourly or overnight stay (tel. +44 (0)20 7100 1100.
London Gatwick Airport has a North & South Terminal.
Present and future Airport developments: As part of the 1.5B Brit.Pd. investment, the North Terminal's construction has now been completed increasing capacity from 3K to 4.3K passengers/hr, and its facilities matching those of the South Terminal.
An added $270M pledge was made July 2016 for the departure lounge expansions of North & South Terminals, as well as: upgrading retail facilities, expanding immigration halls, and adding aircraft parking stands. The Airport is to operate normally throughout the construction phase, which is scheduled for completion by second half of 2018.
- Regarding the latest twist on Gatwick's endeavor to get a second runway: The final Airport Commission report was countered by Gatwick's latest submission claiming the Commisson 'drastically underestimated airport growth. Upon Airport Commission's new favorable permission, Bechtel is ready to start construction on both the second runway and the midfield terminal development..
- The Government's final decison to allow Gatwick Airport to add a second runway (and /or a third runway at Heathrow Aport) was expected for October 2016 - but has now been postponed to late 2017 ('after Britain's formal exit from the European Union'). However, On October 24, 2015 the UK Government backed a third runway at London Heathrow, (now going to public viewing in early 2017 and by late 2017 the House of Commons is to vote on it.
Gatwick's reply: Our message today is that Gatwick stands ready to proceed when the time comes'.