This is a gatwick airport guide; at www.gatwick-airport-uk.info you will find everything you need to know about London Gatwick. We're not the 'official' Gatwick Airport website (which is at www.baa.com), we're an in depth guide to to Gatwick, where everything you need to know is no more than 2 clicks away from this page, including Gatwick Hotels and Gatwick Parking pages.
Although gatwick airport was used as by a flying club, as a flying school and as an occasional airport since the 1930's, gatwick airport as we know it today, 'the new London Airport', was only opened on the 9th June 1958.
Since 1988 gatwick airport has had two terminals - the North Terminal and the South Terminal - but sill only has one runway. It is the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second busiest airport in the UK (after Heathrow), and in the top ten busiest airports in Europe.
Once best known as the airport for holidays and charter flights, in recent years the airport has established itself as a major international hub for scheduled services, which now account for over a quarter of the passengers who pass through this airport.
Today over 80 different airlines fly in to and out of Gatwick, serving around 200 destinations around the world and carrying 33.64 million passengers in 2011, up 7.3% on 2010. On a busy day in the summer the airport handles over 800 plane movements.
Although referred to as 'London Gatwick Airport', it is 32 miles from the centre of London. It is also 25 miles from Heathrow and less than a mile from junction 9 of the M23, just outside the M25.
The North and South terminal buildings are connected by a monorail (the Gatwick Transit). Quick vehicle access to both of these terminals is provided by the M23 and there is a mainline train station attached to the south terminal.
There is ample airport parking at the gatwick, including short term and long term car parks, plus off airport car parking, which is cheaper and usually no more than 20 minutes from the terminals.
There are also two on airport hotels, the Gatwick Hilton (connected to the south terminal), and Gatwick Sofitel (connected to gatwick north terminal). Plus there are plenty of hotels either on or just off the airport grounds offering an overnight stay plus free parking package.
Once inside the north or south terminals, you will find all of the facilities you would expect from a modern international airport. There are airport lounges and both levels of the two terminals have currency exchange bureaus and a number of ATMs. There is a good range of eating and shopping facilities, excellent disabled facilities, left luggage in both terminals and there is a post office in the south terminal.
For those meeting someone at gatwick airport it couldn't be simpler. Follow the directions to on our 'directions' page and park in the short term airport parking (this is clearly signposted, with a seperate car park for each terminal). Then head for arrivals (in the relevant terminal) and check the flight status on the arrivals information boards for when you need to wait by the gate.
If want to know about airport security, the history of gatwick airport, technical data, or you want to do a spot of plane spotting, we can help you with that too. Just click on the relevant link in the index boxes on the left.
And if you have a stop over at the airport, have a look at our gatwick airport lounge and gatwick airport hotel pages, or you might have a look at the local attractions page, and take in one of the local sights whilst you wait for your connecting flight.
Gatwick Airport contact details
Address: Gatwick Airport, West Sussex RH6 ONP
Information: +44 (0)870 000 2468
Arrivals: +44 (0)870 000 2468
Lost property: +44 (0)870 000 2468
Selected technical data
Airport Code : LGW
Airport name : Gatwick Airport
City : London
Country : United Kingdom
World Area Code: 493
GMT Offset : +0.0