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Gatwick Airport South Terminal

As the oldest terminal at London Gatwick Airport, the South Terminal opened in 1958 and measures approximately 160 thousand square metres in size, of which 14,768 square metres are taken up by retail facilities. The South Terminal has 187 check-in desks.

Gatwick Airport has recently seen a series of major facility upgrades, with £1.2 billion invested between 2008 and 2014 and both terminals at Gatwick Airport benefited from this investment. Some of the major facility improvements at South terminal included:

The South Terminal at Gatwick offers a wide variety of services to make the flying experience smooth and stress-free, as much as it's possible.

The following links will take you to the full list of facilities available at Gatwick's South Terminal:

Not sure which terminal, South or North? Find out on our Departures page.

Check In

Check in desks are located on level 2 at Gatwick's South Terminal. Passengers are advised to arrive well in time for their flight to ensure they have plenty of time to go through security. The advised times are:

Self Service Check In

Some airlines offer self service check in; it's a really simple process and will take minutes to complete. Passengers save time and are able to check-in at the airline's kiosk, choose their seats and print boarding cards. Alternatively, self check-in can also be done online, in advance, before you even head off to the airport. Passengers then have to drop their luggage at the drop off points.

Airlines operating from the South Terminal offering self service check in are:

Online Check In

If you are flying with one of the following airlines and your departure terminal is South Terminal at Gatwick, you will be able to check in online:

Remember: Please note that there are no flight calls at London Gatwick airport, so all passengers need to check the flight information screens situated across all levels at South Terminal. The screens will list flight destination, time, flight Number, status, gate number and whether it's affected by delays/cancellations. Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure.

Arrivals is located to the left of the terminal. You can check arrival times online.

Gatwick South Terminal Check in area

Connecting to Another Flight

If you arrive at Gatwick to connect to another flight, what you do next depends on whether your baggage is through checked. If it is and you already have a boarding card for the next flight, you simply follow the directions to Flight Connections. If you don’t have the boarding pass for the onward journey and your checked-in bags are not checked through to to final destination, then you will have to collect it at Gatwick, pass through border control and proceed to get checked-in for your upcoming flight.

Gatwick Airport has also started offering an innovative solution to passengers connecting onto flights with Norwegian Airlines or Virgin Atlantic, called Gatwick Connect. The service is free and allows passengers to collect their bags and leave them with the staff at Gatwick Connect counter, and then proceed straight to security without having to take the bags along.

International connections do not require going through Immigrations or Customs but all International to Domestic connections do.

Domestic to International connecting passengers can use special Immigration check points if baggage is through-checked.

Baggage storage is located on the arrivals level and is open 24 hours. The cost is £9 per item for 24 hours. Tel: +44 (0)20 8759 3344.


The South Terminal handles the bulk of Gatwick Airport's traffic serving domestic, international and charter flights.

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Arabia Maroc
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Europa
  • Air Malta
  • Air Transat
  • Aurigny
  • Austrian
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Croatia Airlines
  • easyJet
  • Enter Air
  • Flybe
  • Germania
  • Iberia
  • Iraqi Airways
  • Med-View Airline
  • Monarch
  • Montenegro Airlines
  • Norwegian
  • Pegasus
  • Ryanair
  • SATA International
  • Small Planet
  • Sun Express
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Thomas Cook
  • Titan Airways
  • Travel Services
  • Tunis Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ukraine International Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Wizz Air
  • WOW Air

    Gatwick South Terminal Facilities

    South Terminal - Check in

    Bureau de ChangeYou'll find 2 Moneycorp Bureau de Change counters in Check-in area, Level 2. One is situated near London News Company and the other near the WHSmith store.
    Cash MachinesOne ATM is located near the Moneycorp Bureau de Change, opposite the M&S Simply Food store, and another near the check-in Zone H.
    Food and DrinkThere are no cafes or restaurants on Check-in level 2, however Marks & Spencer Simply Food stocks a range of pre-packed salads, snacks and drinks.
    Information DeskA dedicated Information Zone is situated in the check in area, next door to Boots Pharmacy.
    Internet AccessHigh speed wi-fi is available throughout the airport and is free for the first 90 minutes. Internet access is also available at SurfBox internet kiosks, as well as printing facilities. Price is 10p per minute for internet access and and 50p per page for printing.
    Pay PhonesA public pay phone is located near the check-in Zone J.
    ShoppingThere are no shopping opportunities available in this part of the terminal
    Special AssistanceSituated next to the VAT Refund office, you'll find the special assistance information desk, with reserved seating.
    ToiletsMale, female and disabled access toilets, as well as baby changing facilities are located opposite Boots. Additional male and female toilets can be found to the right of check in zone A

    South Terminal - Departures

    Bureau de ChangeCurrency exchange services are available from Moneycorp Bureau de Change, with two counters situated on lower level and one on level 3.
    Food and DrinkMost restaurants and cafes are located on upper level of departures, and include Nandos, Pret A Manger, Costa, Wagamama and J D Wetherspoons. You will find the Caviar House & Prunier on lower level, as well as several cafes in the departures level 3, just before the security.
    Internet AccessFree wi-fi for the first 90 minutes. There is an Internet Zone just before the security, and another one on upper level. There is a printing station situated in departures, just before the security.
    Luggage TrolleysAvailable free of charge on the forecourt.
    Pay PhonesA public pay phone is located in departures area on level 3, just before security.
    Places of WorshipA multi-faith chapel is available for private prayer on level 3 (before security).
    SmokingThere is a dedicated smoking room on the upper level of Departure lounge. Smoking e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the terminal building. Read the rules of travelling with e-cigarettes.
    LoungesLounges are located on the upper level
    ShoppingThere are many retail stores, bookstores and news shops in both the public and passenger areas of the departures concourse. You will find most retail facilities on lower level of Departure lounge, with the names such as Zara, Ernest Jones, Fat Face, Harrods, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and others. An array of shops is also located on upper level, where you can find Accessorize, Boots, Dixons Tax Free, Mango, SuperDry, as well as a large area taken up by World Duty Free stores.
    ToiletsAll three levels of Departures section male, female and accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, with an addition of shower facilities on levels 1 and 3. Changing Places facilities are available on the upper level.

    South Terminal - Arrivals

    Bureau de ChangeTwo Moneycorp Bureaux de Change are situated in the arrivals area, one of them opposite the M&S Simply Food store, and another near the Costa Coffee.
    BusesAvailable from street level forecourt.
    Business FacilitiesOutside Costa Coffee, you'll find the entrance to the Regus Business area, complete with a business lounge, meeting rooms with amenities and shower facilities .
    Car HireMajor companies have desks beyond the Meeting Point.
    Cash DispensersAn ATM is located near the Moneycorp Bureau de Change, close to the exit for Long & Short stay car parks.
    Food and DrinkCosta Coffee offers a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pastries, paninis and muffins, and is located right opposite the Arrivals exit. M&S Simply Food store sells a good choice of cold foods, snacks and beverages.
    Information DeskIn the main Arrivals area, next to the Airport Concierge.
    Internet AccessWi-fi available throughout the airport.
    Printing ServicesAn internet kiosk with a printing station is situated in the Arrivals area, as well as a Banner Xpress vending machine, allowing you to print banners if you are awaiting to collect a guest and you need their name printed.
    Left LuggageOperated by the Excess Baggage Company, left luggage storage facility is located right in front of arrivals gates, open 24 hours a day and the charge is £9 per item per 24 hours (or part).
    Luggage TrolleysAvailable free of charge in Baggage Reclaim.
    ShoppingWHSmith, M&S Simply Food, and Boots.
    ParkingAccess to Short Stay car park through covered walkway. Follow signs to lower level.
    TaxiOn the forecourt.
    ToiletsMale, female, accessible toilets and a baby changing facility are located opposite Boots.
    TrainThe entrance to the Rail concourse is signposted and is towards the Departures area.