Gatwick Airport Departures
If you are dropping someone off at Gatwick Airport departures there are set-down lanes on the terminal forecourts. The drop-off zone for the North Terminal is located on the lower level forecourt and for the South Terminal, passengers may also be dropped off on the lower level. Both of these routes are signposted from the approaching roads. You may unload on the terminal forecourt but waiting or leaving your car unattended is not allowed at any time. Both Police and airport staff patrol the areas and will ask waiting vehicles to move on. If you wish to gain access into the terminals to wait to pick a passenger up, there are short stay car parks available for your convenience.
To find Gatwick Airport departures using satellite navigation systems use one of these postcodes:
Gatwick South Terminal: RH6 0NP
Gatwick North Terminal: RH6 0PJ
Please note waiting to pick someone up is not allowed and use of the short term car parking at Gatwick facilities is recommended.Find out when your plane is departing on the Gatwick Airport Departures Board.
Where to go
For both the North and South Terminals, check in will be on the Lower Level.
Finding your check-in zone
Find your check-in zone using the information screens located near the entrances of each terminal. All the check-in zones are clearly marked by illuminated yellow cubes.
How early to arrive?
You are advised to check in as early as possible. As a general guide, you should aim to arrive:
- Long-haul and El Al: Check in opens 4 hours before departure
- European flights: Check in 3 hours before departure
- UK and Ireland flights: Check in 2 hours before departure
Day-Before Check in
You are also able to use day-before check in; if you live locally or are staying the night before in a hotel, you are able to check in your baggage and save the hassle the morning after. Airlines that support this day-before check in are as follows, on the North Terminal; British Airways, easyJet, and Thomson Airways. On the South Terminal; easyJet, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Thomas Cook also support this method.
Self-service Check inSelf-service; Self-service check in is a quick and simple alternative involving the use of the computer terminals, where you are able to choose your seat, print off your boarding pass and drop off your luggage at the drop-off facility, with helpful staff on hand close by if needs be. The only airline on the North Terminal that supports this method is British Airways, however, on the South Terminal, you may use Self-service check in if you are flying with any of the following airlines; Virgin Atlantic Airways, Flybe and Norwegian.
Online Check in
Many airlines are now offering online check in from 2, to 24 hours before scheduled departure, it simply involves choosing your seat, printing off your boarding pass from home and on arrival, dropping off your luggage at the drop-off facility. The following airlines support the online check in facilities:
South Terminal Airlines
- Aer Lingus
- Air Baltic
- Air Malta
- Air Transat
- Iceland Express
- Monarch Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
North Terminal Airlines
- Adria Airways
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Qatar Aiways
Please check the instructions on your ticket and from your travel agent or booking website. If you are still unsure please check with your airline directly.
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