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.
All British Airways flights at London Gatwick use the South Terminal. The British Airways departures area is located in Zone A in Gatwick's 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. Early check-in the day before your flight departs:
3. When you need to check in at the airport on the day of departure:
Check-in closes 60 minutes before long haul flights depart and 45 minutes before short haul flights depart. 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. Early check-in is available at the airport from 16:00 to 22:00 for flights departing before 13:00 the following day.
The Bag Drop desks are open at the following times:
|Cabin or Executive Club tier||Opening times|
||From 03:30 on the day of departure|
||From 3 hours before the flight departure time, but not before the earliest opening time of 03:30|
If you are travelling with hand baggage only and have already checked in, you can go straight through security to the gate. If your hand baggage exceeds your allowance, you may need to check it in and charges may apply.
Let AirPortr pick up your bags from your London location and check them in for your flight with the AirPortr + Bag Check-In service, exclusive to British Airways customers.
Available for the wider London area and flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick, except flights within the UK.
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|
|First Lounge||After security
05:15 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday
07:00 – 20:00 Monday - Sunday
|Club Lounge||After security||Winter:
05:15 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday
05:15 – 19:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
05:15 – 21:30 Monday - Wednesday
05:15 – 22:00 Thursday - 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.
If you want to take advantage of pre-boarding or priority boarding, please arrive at the gate early.
Pre-boarding is available to:
Priority boarding is available to:
If you arrive after your priority group has been called, you can use the priority lane to board at your leisure.
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.
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.