Our restaurants are now even more convenient for those with our app.
You can now pre-order your food and drink from a range of eateries including Armadillo, Giraffe and Comptoir Libanais!
Download our app and get £5 off your first order: App Store - https://gatwk.uk/2DhHpcb Google Play - https://gatwk.uk/2D26hXL
It's a big day in the history of aviation!
On this day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris after the first solo Atlantic air crossing. It's hard to believe that was less than 100 years ago - hundreds of planes from Gatwick now cross the Atlantic every day!
If a Royal Wedding isn't an excuse to celebrate, we don't know what is! 🎉
In case you're travelling through Gatwick, retailers like WHSmith and Cath Kidston are celebrating too! Stock up on supplies at our North and South Terminals.
Timeline Photos 1 week ago
Are you a teacher? 🎒 🚌
Sign up to our exciting programme which brings airport life direct and live to classrooms across the country, introducing students to the wide variety of careers on offer at Gatwick. Each episode has a different theme, and next up is how Border Force keeps the UK safe - taking place on 18 May. https://gatwk.uk/2InD50F
It's almost Sunday which means the British Airways' Run Gatwick is upon us.
Good luck to everyone taking part this weekend - have fun and enjoy every step! 🏃♀🏃♂
Here's a wild throwback - do you remember African Safari Airways? 🦁 🐘
They were founded in 1967 and were based in Kenya. They operated charter flights and inclusive tours from Gatwick, mainly to Mombasa.
Did you know that you can keep hold of your empty water bottle when you travel through security - and refill it at designated water fountains in the departure lounge?
You're also able to get free refills from all of our restaurants too. Read more security advice: https://gatwk.uk/SCRTY
Photos from Gatwick Airport's post 2 weeks ago
"Our objective is to get anywhere on the airfield within two minutes. The difference between us and a normal Fire Service is that our main job is to protect the runway - specialising in aircraft incidents. So, if the alarms go off, everyone scrambles to their vehicles and moves to standby positions ready to deploy.
We’ve got a great training facility, so we can practise for every possible scenario. Other firefighters actually come here to train. Gatwick is exciting with more variety and resource than some other airports, and I love that.
We also cover medical calls, so will give life support if needed. If you do have a hard time, there’s top support in the team to help you out. Emergency call outs can be unpredictable - we have periods where it’s one after another, and then it can be quiet for a while.
I did five years in the Royal Marines, before moving into this area of work. It’s a similar mind set and quite a few of my colleagues are ex-military too. It’s all about preparation here - and we’re definitely well prepared.”
To celebrate National Firefighter Day, Luke told us all about his job as a fire and rescue officer at Gatwick. Three years in, Luke is team leader of a 16-strong ‘watch’, doing 12 hour shifts round the clock.
We're throwing it back to 1958 today!
This is how the South Terminal, train station and the original access road looked 60 years ago. It's amazing to see how our airport has transformed over the years.
With our 60th anniversary on the way, keep an eye out for more celebrations soon!
Whether you're travelling for business or leisure, start your trip right and enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines in one of our airport lounges! ☕ 🗞 🥐 It costs less than you might think too! Enjoy 25% off No.1 Lounge for both terminals when you book in advance via myGatwick: https://gatwk.uk/2HDmxxXREAD MORE
Did you know you can earn up to £160 a week whilst you travel by renting out your car with Car & Away? 🚗
There’s no need to worry about your car. It will only be hired out to carefully vetted renters - during which time your vehicle will be protected by RAC breakdown cover and fully insured by Allianz - your own insurance won’t be affected. For more information, visit out website: https://gatwk.uk/2CoPaPA
Blast from the past! ✈ 🚗
This picture of a British Caledonian Cargo plane was taken 28 years ago in 1990. Time flies!
Would you know the name of this aircraft? ✈
Clue: it has been residing on our airfield since it had engine problems in the 90s - and there are only four left in the world!
It is - of course - the Handley Page Herald G-CEXP - soon to be moving to Wales for a full restoration by UK Heritage Aviation Trust.
Liquids over 100ml aren't allowed through security. Keep hold of your empty water bottle and you can refill it at our designated water fountains - as well as free refills from all of our restaurants in the departure lounge. This way, you can keep hydrated for the journey ahead! Read more security advice: https://gatwk.uk/SCRTYREAD MORE
Here's one for the history books! 📚 Do you remember American Flyers Airline?READ MORE
"Not many people know that Gatwick has its own meteorologists. Today it’s actually hotter here than in LA! We’re here to help the airport plan ahead, as well as giving an occasional forecast to colleagues.
I’ve been with the Met Office for six years, and at Gatwick for just over a year. I realised I wanted to do meteorology when I was about 14 or 15. We’d gone on a family holiday and I decided that weather was just awesome! After studying, I worked in search and rescue all over the world. I even lived on a tropical island for seven months. Eventually I ended up here at Gatwick where, admittedly, it’s not as hot! I chose Gatwick for a few reasons: I’m from Horsham originally, and I knew I wanted to work in aviation. Also, in this job you spend a lot of time talking – which I love - and you’re seen as a real part of the wider airport family. The team I’m on has three permanent staff and one detachee. We're here 365 days a year. I worked on Christmas Day and have done for the last four in a row now, but it’s good fun - especially when the weather’s ‘quiet!’ You can get a pretty good idea of what the weather’s going to be like around five days ahead, but we do provide an outlook for 15 days.”
Jenna McGregor is Senior Operations Meteorologist and team leader at Gatwick. She’s yet to find a ‘perfect weather day’ - “there’s always something to consider!”
Ready, set, go!
The one month countdown to British Airways' Run Gatwick event has officially begun - and we can't wait!
Whether you're a seasoned pro or first-timer, there's an International Half Marathon, corporate and non-corporate 5K courses - and even a family run for children aged 4-15.
Places are still available, so sign up now:
We've partnered with @kewgardens' botanic garden, Wakehurst.
The year-long partnership means pupils will be able to travel to Wakehurst for free, in support of Kew's bursary programme for schools in the south east.
Wakehurst provides a wide variety of educational activities for students, such as seed conservation and scientific research.
Want to know more about the partnership? Visit: https://gatwk.uk/2GPp6jk
March was a busy month for us: new routes to Austin and Chicago were launched and 3.5 million passengers travelled through the airport! ✈
Our high performance enabled March to be our 61st consecutive month of growth, with long-haul routes increasing by 23.2% year-on-year.
It's the last chance to enter this amazing competition to win an idyllic weekend away to Guernsey with Aurigny.com. Your prize includes return flights, a two night stay, ferry tickets and a champagne welcome. 🥂
Don't miss out! ⏰
Simply enter your details here: https://gatwk.uk/2pOAsc3
Hungry but in a rush? No problem - all of our restaurants offer takeaway options. 🍲
So now there won't be anything coming between you and delicious food!
We're celebrating our local nature in a new programme of events. Everyone is welcome to our 'Gatwick Goes Wild' events, which include river walks, woodland bushcraft and bat spotting tours! They will bring residents of the local community closer to the airport’s wildlife. Read more: https://gatwk.uk/2E5ip6pREAD MORE
On 22 June 1984, Virgin Atlantic launched its inaugural flight from Gatwick to Newark in a Boeing 747-200 ‘Maiden Voyager’. ✈
Bill Palmer was able to capture this great image of the pre-flight preparations before Richard Branson, his celebrity friends and the media got on board.
Did you enter the Chicago competition? If you answered...
A: Cloud Gate
B: Willis Tower
C: Wrigley Field
...then you were correct!
Congratulations Rachel Brittain, you named all three landmarks correctly and have been chosen as the winner of our amazing Chicago holiday competition with Norwegian, ACME Hotel Company and Choose Chicago! ✈ 🎉
Thank you to everyone who entered - please keep an eye on our social pages for future competitions! 🤞
Photos from Gatwick Airport's post 7 weeks ago
Over the bank holiday, we had a very special guest on our runway. ✈ The Antonov 124 cargo plane flew in from Poland, picked up two Puma helicopters and took them to America. Did you spot this beast?
Thanks to Ian Hamilton, Chris Goodwin, Lisa Leigh and Neil Warman for the images!
To celebrate Norwegian's new route to Chicago, we have an incredible prize up for grabs!
To win a pair of flights to 'The Windy City' and a stay at ACME Hotel Company, simply name all three of these landmarks correctly. You have until midnight on Monday 2 April to enter.
Good luck! 🤞
T&Cs apply: https://gatwk.uk/2E4SXho
“We’ve had this trip planned from the day she was born, really!
I travel to Jamaica every two years, but this is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. I did the same trip with my daughter when she was little, and now it’s my granddaughter Sariah’s turn.
We’re flying to Kingston and taking Sariah to meet her great-grandfather for the first time.We’re going to be over there for almost a month – such a lovely experience for her. She may even pick up some Jamaican Patois while she’s there!
I’m taking snapshots of it all - I’ve got pictures of her in the Kids Zone, in Nando’s and there’s one with a lovely plane on the tarmac in the background too - it’s like a timeline, for her and her mum - who’s called me three or four times already."
We caught up with Jacqueline and her four-year-old granddaughter Sariah in departures. Their trip of a lifetime will also include a detour over to Disney World before celebrating her great grandfather’s 86th birthday!
Photos from Gatwick Airport's post 8 weeks ago
This Easter weekend is set to be a busy one - we're expecting 535,000 passengers to travel through the airport!
Long haul American destinations are proving popular, with travellers to Los Angeles up by 84.7%, New York +75.9%, Boston +58.9% and Oakland, San Francisco +55.2% compared to Easter 2017. Hong Kong has also seen a substantial increase on 2017, of 59.7%.
REMINDER: Don’t forget that the clocks go forward this Sunday at 1am ⏰
If you're flying tomorrow make sure you adjust your alarm!
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