Gatwick Airport South Terminal
As the airport’s oldest standing terminal, the South Terminal dates back to 1958 and currently serves around 16.5million passengers each year. It has 187 check-in desks, which process travellers boarding around 121,000 flights annually. Like the newer North Terminal, the South has recently benefited from a major upgrade in facilities. Improvements at the South Terminal include a new forecourt, redesigned security area with 19 lanes and a dedicated entrance for passengers with disabilities and those travelling with small children. An all-new premium lane was also introduced for first class and business flyers. Shopping and dining facilities were improved, too.
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Parking
Flying from Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal? Then APH has the perfect parking solution for you. With a great range of parking options, it’s easy to find the right solution at fantastic rates. For the best prices, check out our range of off-airport car parks, typically within a 20-minute transfer of the airport, or head to one of our on-airport facilities to ensure you’re closer to the action. If speed and convenience top your priority list, then look no further than meet and greet parking.View airport parking
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Hotels & Parking
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Hotels
Gatwick Airport is served by a large amount of great hotels, so if you want to enjoy a pre-flight stop-over and parking package, check out our list of nearby hotels here.View Airport Hotels
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Lounges
Swerve the South Terminal crowds and grab a welcome refuge from the stresses of airport travel with a relaxing visit to one of the exclusive lounges on offer. Book your place in a South Terminal lounge here.View Airport Lounges
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Meet & Greet
Start your trip from Gatwick South Terminal with valet parking Gatwick South. Skip the transfer buses, save a little time, and book one of four APH-preferred meet and greet Gatwick South parking options. All four carry the official Approved Operators status, so you can be sure that your vehicle will be parked securely while you are away.View Airport Meet & Greet
Gatwick Airport South Terminal Essential Information
If you’re flying from Gatwick Airport South Terminal Terminal, we’ve collected the essential ‘must-know’ information you’ll need to ensure your trip gets off to the perfect stress-free start:
Take a virtual tour
Have a wander around the South Terminal with this South Terminal Street View tour.
View a map of the terminal
Find your way around with this South Terminal map.
Terminal Airport Live Flights
Follow all South Terminal flight arrivals and departures right here.
Online and mobile check-in
Many airlines allow you to check in online from two to 24 hours before your departure. This lets you to choose your seat and swerve queues when you get to the terminal. Simply arrive and drop-off your bags. The following airlines offer this service for flights from Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.
• Aer Lingus
• Air Baltic
• Air Malta
• Air Transat
• Iceland Express
• Monarch Airlines
• TAP Air Portugal
• Virgin Atlantic Airways
Facilities for disabled passengers
Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal offers a variety of assistance to passengers with reduced mobility or special requirements. Find out more about services for passengers with reduced mobility here.
Gatwick Airport has a mainline railway station situated on the London to Brighton Line. The station is located at the South Terminal; the North Terminal is accessed via the free shuttle which takes just a few minutes.
Gatwick Airport is also served by a huge number of parking solutions. APH offers options from long-stay to short-stay, on- or off-airport and meet and greet parking. Just log on to APH.com now to get instant online quotes covering all these options.
Push chairs and child seats
The child-friendly folks at Gatwick’s South Terminal will ease the burden on parents with small children by making pushchairs available for the trip between the plane and the arrivals hall – where their own pram will be delivered. Simply collect one as you disembark, then return it to the baggage hall once you’ve retrieved your own. Passengers flying from the South Terminal can take their own prams and child seats through security and check them in at the gate.
Family assistance lanes
Gatwick’s South Terminal has special assistance lanes for both departing and arriving. These separate lanes help ensure a smooth and stress-free progression through essential security checks. Just follow signs for assistance lanes once you’ve checked in. The UK Border Agency also provides this service for those arriving back at the South Terminal.
There’s no shortage of shopping at the South Terminal, here’s a full list of shops at Gatwick Airport.
Where to eat
Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal has some great eateries to suit all tastes and requirements. We’ve compiled a guide to the top six places to eat at Gatwick Airport (both South and North terminals), you can also find a full list of Gatwick eateries at the bottom of the page.
Area for kids
The South Terminal has a new Kids Zone to help keep them and parents happy. Once you’ve checked in and passed through security, simply head to the play area located upstairs in the departure lounge opposite Cafe Rouge. It’s free to use and provides a play area, TV and plenty of seating for parents.
Charging mobile devices
If your phone or tablet is running low, Gatwick Airport South Terminal offers plenty of free power points to help top it up and ensure your device complies with new security rules. These can be found before and after security. If you want to leave your device charging while you head off to the shops or grab some food, then ChargeBox kiosks (located in the departure lounge) offer a secure locker where you can do just that. Each has a unique key and offers leads for most mobile phones. You can buy between 30 and 90 minutes of charge time, with costs of £1.50 per 30 minutes. Click here for more information on security rules.
Baby changing facilities
Specially equipped rooms for feeding and changing babies are indicated by either a bottle sign or a babycare symbol. Changing facilities are provided in the check-in area, en route to the gates, in the transfer area and after passport control in arrivals. Fold-down tables are provided in some male and female toilets. Find baby changing facilities using the South Terminal map. Click here to find out more.
Find out all the essential information on luggage trolleys at Gatwick here.
If you’ve got a long wait for your flight, but don’t want to be burdened with bags, simply head to one of the luggage lockers. These cost £9.00 per item per 24 hours. The 24-hour service is operated by the Excess Baggage Company and can be found on the South Terminal’s arrival level.
Boots has stores both before and after security in the South Terminal, but please note that a pharmacy is only available in the store located before security. The landside store is open 24 hours a day, while the airside shop’s hours are 4:00am–10.00pm.
Remember to buy baby milk from the airside store to avoid it being confiscated at security. Boots also operates a Reserve and Collect service to help save time at the airport.
Public showers are available in the South Terminal opposite the Beehive bar.
This can be found in the South Terminal, Landside, near Caffè Nero.
Passengers can view the runway from several restaurants and cafes in the South Terminal.