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Gatwick Airport Guide
Gatwick Airport Guide - UK Terminals
Gatwick Airport is second only to Heathrow in the UK when it comes to passenger numbers and size. In 2011 more than 33 million passengers travelled through its terminals, up 7.3% from 2010.
Not surprisingly Gatwick, which is situated about 28 miles south from the centre of London, has plenty of facilities to cope with the needs and demands that come with being such a busy airport.
Gatwick, which is located in Sussex, is a single runway airport and has a north and a south terminal. The majority of the passengers go through the south terminal which handles many British airlines including Virgin, Thomas Cook and Monarch. The north terminal has a large number of transatlantic flights by British Airways and also Delta Airlines to America. There are also some flights to European airports.
The airport is well connected by train and bus. Train journeys from central London`s Victoria Station take as little as 30 minutes. A shuttle train transfers passengers smoothly between terminals and the frequent service takes just two minutes.
If you have an early flight, just want a more leisurely start to your trip or are on a stopover, Gatwick has a range of conveniently located airport hotels, ranging in price from luxury to budget.
For many people part of the thrill of travelling is the duty free shopping you can enjoy before and after takeoff. At Gatwick shoppers won`t be disappointed as there is a huge range of well-known brands, designer labels and high street favourites located at both terminals.
The excellent shop and drop service means you can leave your purchases behind and collect them on your return. All the shops in both terminals provide this very handy service.
Gatwick also has an excellent range of restaurants and cafes in which to relax and refuel before you fly, including many that are child friendly.
In today`s modern world many of us want to feel connected, even if we are just about to take off on the family holiday. Gatwick has a number of broadband-connected PCs on both sides of security and phone box-style internet kiosks if you just need to surf the web or check an email. High speed Wi-Fi is also available. Business travellers may also want to make use of airport lounges and meeting rooms.
Passengers looking to hire a car from Gatwick will find a large selection of well known car rental companies conveniently located in both terminals. Hiring a car from Gatwick is an ideal way to get into London or to travel to the south coast and beyond.