BA Gatwick Terminal Moves and new lounges January 2017

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British Airways has announced the details of its upcoming move from the North Terminal at Gatwick to the South Terminal on 25th January 2017. Some flights will be moving ahead of time. These are:

  • from 11 January 2017: BA2273 will depart for JFK out of the South Terminal
  • from 12 January 2017: BA2272 will arrive into the South Terminal from JFK
  • from 19 January 2017: BA Naples flights will operate in/out of the South Terminal

The new BA lounge opens on the 25th January 2017 with customers on the flights before that having access to the No 1 lounge Gatwick South instead.

Gatwick South Terminal

The move to the South Terminal has several advantages including a brand new enlarged lounge and direct access to the train station.

If you are looking to stay overnight there are 3 hotels in or attached to the terminal. The Hilton is attached to the terminal and is the only hotel with any facilities such as a bar or restaurant. I have stayed here and would rate it as OK for an overnight but it is not a particularly great Hilton. However if you have Hilton Gold or Platinum status and get to use the lounge, then it is worthwhile. The lounge is up to the standard of most Hiltons with a reasonable selection of drinks and canapes in the evening. You can also gain access by staying in an executive room. If you want to just stay to sleep there is a Yotel or Bloc Hotel actually within the terminal which are reasonably priced but only slightly cheaper than the Hilton in the current sale. I will be staying in the Bloc later this year and will report back.

Check–in

The new check in is at Zones A and C in the South Terminal. The zones will feature 29 check-in desks in addition to 12 Self Service Bag Drops.You must have a boarding pass in order to use a Self Service Bag Drop. It will be interesting to see how the self-service bag drop works. I am generally a fan of these if they are simple to use such and save queuing such as the Flybe ones. Check in will close 45 minutes before departure.

Don’t forget if you are staying at Gatwick the night before a flight that departs before 15.15, you can check in for your flight that night. You will have to check in between 16:00 and 22:00. On the day of your flight, just go straight to airport security. You must enter security at least 35 minutes before your flight.

Flight Connections

Customers connecting between the North and South Terminals must have a minimum connection time of 90 minutes.

Customers connecting within the South Terminal between British Airways flights need a minimum connection time of 60 minutes, with the exception of connections to or from Domestic, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland which have a minimum connection time of 75 minutes.

Premium Check-in

The Premium area features a much larger space which includes extended seating, power sockets and bespoke furnishings.

Security

Premium security will be located on level 3 and will enable access to the departure lounge on the upper level which allows for easy access into the British Airways lounges.

Lounge

A brand new lounge will feature in the South Terminal if you are flying Club, First or with Silver status or higher. It will include the following features:

  • 477 seats, 40% larger than the North terminal lounge
  • A separate First lounge with upgraded seating, finishes and lighting
  • Floor to ceiling windows offering views of the runway
  • A curved staircase overlooking the main lounge
  • Full kitchen facilities in both lounges (please tell me that they aren’t “enhancing” the lounge so you have to make your own food?!)
  • A ‘kidszone’ room
  • Shower facilities

I will be reviewing the new lounges in early February to allow a bedding in period for the lounge to be fully up to speed. There is more information on the BA website here.

UPDATE: 5th February 2017. The BA lounges at Gatwick have been delayed. The BA First lounge is open for First and Gold Card Holders only. The Club lounge is open but only selected customers are being allowed to use it. You can read more here. The review of the First Class lounge is here and Club Lounge here.