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British Airways flights also operate to and from London Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, London City and London Stansted.
Check which London airport and terminal your flight will depart from or arrive into.
British Airways flights to and from London Gatwick operate through the South Terminal.
You must meet the following times, or you will not be allowed to travel:
When travelling from London Gatwick, you have the following options to check in:
1. Online 24 hours before your flight departs:
2. When you need to check in at the airport on the day of departure:
Check-in closes 60 minutes before all flight departures. Please allow enough time, e.g. in case there are any queues.
Dedicated check-in desks are available to:
If you have baggage to check in, take your bags to a Bag Drop desk, these desks are open at the following times on the day of departure:
|Cabin or Executive Club tier||Opening times|
||From 04:00 on the day of departure (check-in open from 03:00)|
||From 2 hours before your flight departure time, but not before the earliest opening time of 04:00 (check-in open from 03:00)|
Overnight Bag Drop is available if you are travelling on a flight departing before 13:00. You can check in your bags between 18:00 – 21:00 the day before.
You can drop off bags for others travelling with you, but they must be on the same booking and you must bring their passports and all travel documents, including health tests, required for the journey.
Once your baggage has been checked in, we won't be able to retrieve it so make sure you have everything you need before you check in.
If you are travelling with hand baggage only and you have already checked in, please go straight through security and to the gate. If your hand baggage exceeds your allowance, you may need to check it in, and charges may apply.
Have your baggage collected from your doorstep, securely transported to the airport, and checked-in for your flight, allowing you to travel to the airport luggage-free and head straight to security when you get there. Available for flights departing from Heathrow, Gatwick, Geneva and Zurich.
Like many airlines, we are unable to accept cash payments at many of the airports we operate from, including London Gatwick. Please check with a member of our staff at the airport to find out if options are available for converting cash to a payment card.
You must enter security at least 35 minutes before your flight departs.
Premium Security is available daily 05:30 - 14:00 and 16:30 - 21:30 to:
Access to the lounges is based on your travel class and/or frequent flyer membership status. There are two British Airways lounges in the South Terminal.
|Lounge||Location||Opening times||Available to|
|Aspire Lounge||After security||
05:00 – 17:00 Monday - Sunday
After you clear security, please make sure you have enough time to get to your gate, as you need to be there at least 20 minutes before your flight departs.
Check the information screens if you’re not sure which gate your flight departs from. If we have your contact details, we will try to contact you when it is about to close but we can't delay the aircraft's departure to wait for late passengers.
You will notice a ‘Group’ number on your boarding pass which shows your boarding priority. Please be ready to board the aircraft when your group is called.
Find out your group for boarding
If you want to take advantage of pre-boarding or priority boarding, please arrive at the gate early.
Pre-boarding is available to:
We are trialling a new boarding process. Priority boarding will only be available for families and customers who may need additional time to board.
Find out everything you need to know about flight connections with British Airways, including travelling between London airports.
If you need additional help for your journey, e.g. for getting through the airport, boarding the aircraft, or reaching your onward travel connections, please let us know at least 48 hours before you travel at Manage My Booking and we can arrange this for you with Gatwick airport.
Gatwick railway station is directly accessible from the South Terminal.
Rail information and ticket desks can be found in the arrivals area of the South Terminal.
National Express operates a network of services each day to and from London Gatwick Airport. Unlike other coach operators, National Express will take you to the heart of the London Gatwick South Terminal from towns and cities throughout the UK, making getting to the airport hassle-free.
Find out more about National Express coach travel
Gatwick is 28 miles (45km) south of London, linked directly to the M23 motorway at Junction 9 and to the A23 London-Brighton road. The M25 London orbital motorway is a ten minute drive away (Junction 7), via the M23, providing connections to the national road and motorway network.
Get a quote and book a taxi at Gatwick.
When it comes to your travels, we understand how important it is to plan ahead. That’s why we’ve partnered with ParkVia to offer a wide range of parking options at UK and international airports, making it easier to reserve, park and jet off with peace of mind. Whether you’re looking for secure airport parking, the convenience of valet parking or an airport hotel with parking – we’re sure to have the right option to suit your travel needs.
Once you have disembarked from the aircraft and are in the terminal building you will need to pass through passport control.
You can use the automatic ePassport gates if you have an eligible passport with a chip in it from one of the following countries:UK, EU, EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) and Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America.
Premium immigration is available to book online at Gatwick Airport.
After passport control, follow the yellow signs for 'Arrivals/Baggage reclaim' and look for your flight on the information screens to see which carousel your bags will arrive on.
Once you have your baggage, you may need to pass through customs. You can find more information on allowances and restrictions on the GOV.UK website.