London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick, the 2nd busiest international airport in the UK, is located 45.7 km south of Central London in West Sussex. The airport has been servicing commercial flights since 1933 and was the first facility to offer direct connections by rail to Victoria Station. Owned by the British Airport Authority until 2009, Global Infrastructure Partners now oversee all operations. Seven airlines use Gatwick as a hub including British Airways and EasyJet, a popular economy choice. Two terminals handle over 2.3 million passengers travelling on international and domestic flights. Gatwick holds the busiest single runway in the world and continues to attract new airline business.
London Gatwick, airport code LGW, is accessible from the M23 motorway at Junction 9. Transportation choices between London, regional towns and other airports include rail service, coaches, local buses and taxis. Car hire services are offered at the airport. Travellers who park their own vehicle should go to the appropriate lot for the North or South terminals.
Passenger amenities at Gatwick include 24-hour comfortable departure lounges where travellers wait for flights. Restaurants that feature casual dining, for example salads, pizzas and snacks, to seafood and fine dining choices are located in both terminals. Duty free shops and convenience stores are found beyond the security stations.
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Car parking for short stays may be found at both the South Terminal and North Terminal lots. Because of strict regulations on drop off or pick up areas for passengers, using the short term parking facility is recommended. A valet service operates from the drop off area to the parking lot. For long term parking, a courtesy shuttle brings passengers directly to either terminal.
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Major car hire companies operate directly from LGW and may be booked ahead or from a service desk at the terminals. Hertz, Alamo and National offer full airport service; other choices include Auto Europe or easyCar and ebookers.com, online car hire sources.
Gatwick Airport Hotels
Staying at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport attracts travellers looking for convenience and full amenities. Located on the airport complex, the variety of restaurants, meeting rooms, fitness centre and suites make it suitable for business or holiday travel. The Sofitel London Gatwick also provides close access to the terminals. Near the City Centre Gatwick, the Mercure, Marriott and Best Western are popular hotel choices.
Over 90 airlines arrive and depart regularly from London Gatwick airport. Passengers may travel to 200 international destinations throughout Europe and North America including popular holiday locations. Virgin Atlantic offers service to North American destinations including Las Vegas, Orlando, Florida and St. Lucia. British Airways services major European cities including Rome and Amsterdam as well as North American and Caribbean locations. Travellers may choose EasyJet for a variety of destinations within Europe such as Madrid, Barcelona, Malta, Milan or Istanbul. Delta Airlines provides service to Atlanta, Georgia and Cincinnati, Ohio. Service to Canadian destinations, South America, Dubai and other foreign destinations is provided by a variety of air carriers.
The Gatwick Express runs between the airport and central London approximately every 15 minutes and requires 30 minutes for the ride. Other train services to local destinations include the First Capital Connect, Southern and First Great Western rail lines. Direct service to the airport by coach may be arranged by booking online at www.easybus.co.uk. Taxi service can be booked in advance through www.checkercars.com. An inclusive system of local buses connects riders to nearby Crawley, Redhill, Horley and Horsham and stop at various destinations throughout the region.
There are several taxi companies in the Gatwick area that can take you to and from Gatwick Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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