Gatwick currently welcomes over 32 million passengers per year. By around 2010 they aim to welcome around 40 million passengers per year. Although Gatwick is located 28 miles (45km) south of London it has fast rail and convenient road links and is a much easier place to navigate than its sprawling sister Heathrow. The airport has two terminals- South Terminal opened in 1958 and North Terminal, opened in 1988. Gatwick has held the unwanted position as the UK's worst airport for delays, with charter traffic hold-ups averaging 46 minutes.
How to get to and from Gatwick?
National Express Airport
National Express Airport coach services connect seven major UK airports with towns and cities across the country.
Gatwick is connected to over 400 towns and cities across the UK by a variety of frequent, daily coach services. Most airport services are in air conditioned vehicles.
Some of the direct services available include those to Heathrow, central London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich.
National Express and Oxford Bus Company coaches operate from the upper terminal forecourt (South Terminal). The majority of services also call at the North Terminal (on the lower level outside International Arrivals). The Heathrow-Gatwick National Express service drops passengers off right outside Departures at the North Terminal.
Tickets can be bought at National Express ticket desks in Arrivals in both the North and South and terminals. There is also a ticket desk and covered waiting area in the South Terminal coach station.
Ticket cost: £12,2 return and £6,6 single (Gatwick - Central London)
Gatwick Express offers dedicated, high-speed travel between central London and Gatwick Airport. With a journey time of just 30 minutes between London Victoria and Gatwick (35 minutes on Sundays), there is no faster way between the heart of the city and the airport. Heathrow Express trains have air-conditioning, ample luggage space, with dedicated areas for wheelchairs, and trains are level with station platforms for getting on and off easily with bags. You can collect your tickets from the machines situated at Gatwick Airport or Victoria Station
Ticket cost: £25 return and £14 single
Southern provides services in South London and between central London and the South Coast, through East and West Sussex and Surrey, and parts of Kent and Hampshire. Last year they carried 120 million passengers. Southern's fast service, stops at East Croydon and Clapham Junction, in an average timetabled journey of only 35 minutes. Southern trains connect Gatwick Airport with London Victoria. Journey time is longer than Gatwick Express but tickets are much cheaper.
Ticket cost: £9 single