Published on Friday, December 23, 2016

Gatwick prepares for major terminal shake-up




Gatwick Airport is advising passengers to check the terminal of their airline as three of its major airlines prepare to switch in January.

British Airways will move to the South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, and easyJet, which currently operates out of both terminals, will consolidate its entire operation in the North Terminal.

The move will be the airport's biggest project to date and took two years to plan.

The relocation will be staggered over three days with all three airlines operating a reduced flying programme designed to simplify the upheaval.

Around 50,000 passengers will be travelling with the three airlines on the 277 flights that will be relocating across the 72 hours.

From 24 January all easyJet flights will depart from the North Terminal, while from 25 January British Airways flights will depart from the South Terminal and Virgin Atlantic flights will depart from the North Terminal.

Gatwick said the changes will improve passenger experience with state-of-the-art technology at check-in, security and immigration as well as new bag-drop zones. It will also bring new British Airways and Virgin Atlantic lounges.

Chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe said: "We are ready to deliver this major step in Gatwick's strategic transformation programme. The moves have been meticulously planned for more than two years, with close attention given to ensuring that the airport operation and the experience of our passengers is not affected during the transition.

"Relocating the airlines allows greater efficiency and positions all three carriers for growth, which in turn drives Gatwick's growth. For our passengers, investment at every step of their journey through the terminal will be hugely beneficial."



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  • ABOUT TIME!

    After getting off a flight which was late at 11.30pm on 3 January, I then had to walk which seemed about half a mile to get to passport control, where there was the usual chaos. Under the circumstances, I was tempted to go onto the end of the "Other passports - non EU" queue which was shorter and speedier.

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