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Big Changes at London Gatwick


Gatwick Airport Rolls out Terminal Changes
Travelers should be advised that significant changes are afoot at London's Gatwick airport as some of the big players, regarding airlines, are moving Terminals.
Over 72 hours Gatwick will move three major carriers into new bases, creating potential initial confusion for customers. Travelers are being asked to check before beginning their journey to ensure that they arrive at the right place.
Gatwick management has announced that the changes are due to a desire to improve customer care and to ensure (in the case of one of the airlines) that all services are located in one Terminal.
The reasoning seems to be:
a) To simplify the journey within the airport.
b) New facilities at check-in, immigration, and security
c) New baggage drop zones and Premium Lounges
To facilitate the move new airport signage is being erected and 70 new staff are being recruited, to point potentially confused passengers in the right direction.
  • From this Tuesday Easyjet will move to the North Terminal (previously they operated out of both)
  • From Wednesday the South Terminal will host all British Airways flights
  • On the same day, all Virgin Atlantic flights will move to the North Terminal.
It should be noted that a lot of care and attention has been taken by the airport authorities to make the transition as smooth as possible with 37 trials undertaken. To facilitate this the airlines concerned will also be operating a reduced flight schedule over the 72-hour transition period.
Investment in Gatwick has now topped £1.5 billion, and passenger numbers have rocketed from 31.3 million in 2010 to a bumper 42 million in 2016. Cargo volumes are also up, 12%.
Long-haul connections are also being increased significantly, with new services to the U.S.A, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Canada, China, and Peru as well as additional services to Cape Town. With Heathrow operating at maximum capacity, Gatwick is emerging as a major long-haul hub.
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