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London Gatwick

Gatwick South Terminal.

All British Airways flights to and from London Gatwick use the South Terminal. 

Which London airport and terminal?

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.

Flight information

Check when your flight arrives or departs

Find out more about London Gatwick flights

Travelling to/from London Gatwick

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:

  • Check-in closes 60 minutes before long haul flights depart and 45 minutes before short haul flights depart.
  • Please take checked baggage to Bag Drop in Zone C.
  • Pass through security at least 35 minutes before your flight departs.
  • Be at the boarding gate at least 20 minutes before your flight departs. Please check how long it will take you to get to the gate. 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.
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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 one day before your flight departs:

  • Available for flights departing before 15:15 the following day.
  • Check in as normal between 16:00 and 22:00 on the day before your flight departs. For security reasons, you cannot check in someone else in their absence, everyone in your booking needs to be present. We'll ask you to provide a contact number, give you your boarding pass and take any baggage you want to check in. 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.
  • On the day of your flight, just go straight to airport security. Please remember to be at your gate at least 20 minutes before departure.

3. When you need to check in at the airport on the day of departure:

  • If you are travelling in a group of more than nine people, please use a check-in kiosk or go to a check-in desk.
  • If your child is travelling alone, or with you but on a separate booking, please go to a check-in desk.

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:

  • customers travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members
  • oneworld Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby members
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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 15:15 the following day.

The Bag Drop desks are open at the following times:

Cabin or Executive Club tier Opening times
  • First
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members
From 03:30 on the day of departure
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
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.

Check your hand baggage allowance

Check your checked baggage allowance

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Suitcases at the airport.

From your doorstep to your destination

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, Gatwick or London City, except flights within the UK and from London City to New York (JFK).

More about AirPortr + Bag Check-In

collapsedshowPayments at the airport

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.

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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:

  • customers travelling in First, Club World and Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold and Silver Members (plus one guest)
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (plus one guest)
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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
07:00 – 20:00
  • customers travelling in First
  • Executive Club Gold Members (plus one guest)
  • oneworld Emerald members (plus one guest)
Club Lounge After security

Winter:
05:15 – 20:00 Monday - Saturday
05:15 – 21:00 Sunday

Summer:
05:15 – 21:30 Monday - Wednesday
05:15 – 22:00 Thursday - Sunday

  • customers travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold and Silver Members (plus one guest)
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (plus one guest)

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You need to be at the gate at least 20 minutes before your flight departs. 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.

Pre-boarding is available to:

Priority boarding is available to:
  • customers travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members
  • oneworld Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby members

Make sure you're at the boarding gate early enough to be able to board before other passengers.

collapsedshowFlight connections

Find out everything you need to know about flight connections with British Airways, including travelling between London airports.

Flight connections

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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.

More about disability assistance

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Gatwick Express rail link between Gatwick airport and Central London

Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London.

  • Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes
  • The journey takes 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays)
  • Book online with British Airways using the link below and save 10%

Find out more about Gatwick Express


Trains at London Gatwick

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.

Trains at London Gatwick


Buses and coaches

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.

  • It is a safe, fast and reliable way to travel.
  • Gatwick to Heathrow coach services run 80 times a day, and the journey takes up to an hour.
  • Book your return tickets now to ensure a great fare or book an open ticket for more flexibility.

Find out more about National Express coach travel


Travelling by car

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.

Driving to and from Gatwick


Private hire taxi service

Get a quote and book a taxi at Gatwick.

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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

Arrivals

British Airways operate from the South Terminal at London Gatwick airport.

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Once you have disembarked from the aircraft and are in the terminal building you will need to pass through passport control.

If you have an EU passport with a chip in it you can use the automatic ePassport gates.

Premium immigration is available to book online at Gatwick Airport.

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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.

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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.