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Gatwick Airport Information

Facilities

London Gatwick Airport provides a wide range of facilities at both of its terminals for business and leisure travellers including children and disabled passengers.

Business Facilities - There are three executive lounges at Gatwick. There are Servisair Executive Lounges in both of the Terminals and the North Terminal also has The Aviance Lounge. For a single fee these lounges offer a wide range of complimentary beverages, snacks, newspapers, magazines, television, internet access and work areas. There are also internet desks located in both terminals and wireless internet access is also available.

Leisure Facilities - Gatwick's terminals have a wide range of shopping and eating facilities both landside and airside. There are also cash facilities, children's play areas, foreign currency exchange, fax facilities, left baggage, lost property, medical help, porters, post facilities, telephones, toilets and trolleys available throught the terminals.

Special Assistance Facilities - There are induction loops in various locations throughout the airport and guide/hearing dogs are allowed into the terminals. There are reserved seating areas in the terminals and most toilet blocks have unisex accessible toilets nearby. The airport's car parks have clearly signed blue/orange disabled badge parking spaces located close to the terminal access routes. Help points are located near these spaces and assistance is free to those with special needs.

Transport

London Gatwick Airport has several car parks offering short and long term parking and also a valet parking service. Carparking.com can arrange airport parking for Gatwick at car parks which are located in the close vicinity of the airport. We can arrange Park and Ride parking and Meet & Greet parking.

There is a rail station at the airport which is located adjacent to the South Terminal. Rail services include the Gatwick Express service to London Victoria. Both of Gatwick's Terminals are served by local bus routes as well as National Express services to other airports and destinations across the UK. Licenced Taxi's are available from taxi ranks at each of the terminals.

History

Gatwick Airport began life as a small flying club called the Surrey Aero Club in 1930. Gatwick soon grew as a flying club and in 1934 the Air Ministry issued Gatwick with its first public license allowing the airport to be used by commercial aircraft. A new railway station was opened at Gatwick in 1935 and was initially served by trains on the Victoria to Brighton line. In 1936 'The Beehive', the world's first circular terminal was officially opened. During the Second World War, the airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry for use by the RAF; its area was later extended by further requisitioning to include part of Gatwick Racecourse.

In 1952 the Government gave approval for the proposed development of Gatwick as an alternative to Heathrow. Gatwick closed in March 1956 and building began on 'the new London Airport'. The airport cost £7.8 million and took almost 3 years to build. On 9th June 1958 the Queen officially opened the new Gatwick Airport. It was the first airport in the world to combine air, rail and road transport in a close-knit single unit. Just four years later work began on enlarging the airport, the terminal was doubled in size and two more piers were built. In 1967 passenger figures exceeded 2 million for the first time.

The 1980s saw further expansion at Gatwick with work beginning on building a second terminal in 1983. Construction began on the new northern runway, which would be used as alternative to the main runway in case of emergencies in 1985, and the new £200 million North Terminal was officially opened by The Queen in 1988.

In 1994, the new North Terminal International Departures Lounge and the first phase of the new South Terminal International Departures Lounge were opened. The South Terminal International Departure lounge extension was completed in 2000 and further enhancements to both terminals have been made since.


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