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London Gatwick

Gatwick North Terminal check-in zone A.

All the information you need to enjoy a smooth journey through Gatwick airport.

All British Airways flights at London Gatwick operate from the North Terminal.

British Airways flights also depart from London Heathrow Terminals 1, 3 and 5 and London City.

Check which London airport terminal your flight is departing from

Useful information about London Gatwick airport

collapsedshowCheck-in facilities

The dedicated British Airways check-in area is Zone A in the North Terminal, where we offer check-in kiosks, bag drop desks and dedicated check-in for premium customers.

If you have checked in online or on your mobile and you need to print your boarding pass, you can go to a check-in kiosk at the airport to collect it.

If you have an iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone, you can download your boarding pass to your mobile, for most routes.

Download your boarding pass to your mobile phone

Check in and clear security on time

  • You must pass through check-in at least 45 minutes before your flight.
  • You are advised to clear Airport Security no later than 35 minutes before your flight departs.
  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight's scheduled departure time.

If you do not meet these times you will not be accepted for travel.

collapsedshowBag drop desks

If you have baggage to check in, you can use a check-in kiosk to print your baggage tags even if you have already printed your boarding pass at home. When you have printed your baggage tags, please drop your tagged baggage at one of the bag drop desks. A bag drop host will then invite you to present your two items of hand baggage that will then be prepared for travel on board. If your hand baggage exceeds your allowance, it may need to be checked in and charges may apply.

Check your hand baggage allowances

Check your checked baggage allowances

Opening times:

  • From 05:00 on the day of departure for all passengers.
  • Early check-in is available at the airport from 16:00 to 22:00 for all flights for the following day.
collapsedshowFast Track

Fast Track Security is available for:

• all customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe

• British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members plus one guest

Fast track lanes are open daily from 05:30 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 21:30.

collapsedshowLounges

We offer a range of lounges at London Gatwick, all providing free wireless broadband:

  • First lounge, Level 4
  • Terraces lounge, Level 4

More information about our lounges

collapsedshowFlight connections

All British Airways flights depart from Gatwick’s North Terminal. If part of your journey departs from or arrives into the South Terminal, please follow signs for Flight Connections to transfer terminals for your next flight.

A shuttle service operates 24 hours a day between North and South terminals and takes just two minutes.

Arriving into Gatwick North Terminal

  • Follow signs to International Flight Connections.
  • If you do not have a boarding pass, go to the British Airways Connections desk to obtain one.
  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight's scheduled departure time or you will not be accepted for travel.

International arrivals to UK, Republic of Ireland & Channel Islands departures

  • On arrival, follow the signs to Flight Connections.
  • Go through immigration and customs.
  • If you do not have a boarding pass please go to a check-in desk to obtain one.
  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight's scheduled departure time or you will not be accepted for travel.

UK, Republic of Ireland & Channel Islands arrivals to international departures

  • On arrival, follow the signs to International Flight Connections.
  • You must be at your boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight's scheduled departure time or you will not be accepted for travel.
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Connecting between Gatwick and Heathrow

Gatwick and London Heathrow airports are located approximately 30 miles apart. The recommended minimum connecting time between Gatwick and Heathrow is 3 hours.

  • The best way to travel direct between Gatwick and Heathrow is to take a National Express coach. It is fast, frequent, safe, reliable and great value for money.
  • Gatwick to Heathrow coach services run 80 times a day, and the journey takes up to an hour.
  • Coach services arrive and depart from the lower level outside the international arrivals area.

National Express coach tickets can be purchased at the coach ticketing office in the international arrivals area or online using the link below.

You must collect all your bags before leaving London Gatwick.

Coach travel between Gatwick and Heathrow

Connecting to other London airports

The minimum recommended connection time between London airports is 3.5 hours (excluding between Gatwick and Heathrow).

Connection from Gatwick to London City airport is by train.

You must collect all your bags before leaving London Gatwick.

Information about connecting to London City airport

More information about connecting between London airports

collapsedshowTransport links collapsedshowAirport parking

Parking at Gatwick

Make your journey easier with our parking partner. Leave your car at a nearby car park with quick transfers, drop it off right outside the terminal with valet parking, or combine an overnight stay with parking and transfers at an airport hotel.

  • Earn 5 Avios per £1 spent when you pre-book parking
  • Secure and convenient

Find out more about parking and book

Airport map

London Gatwick airport map.