London Gatwick Airport guide
Ready to fly?
Get your trip off to a flying start with Virgin Atlantic at London Gatwick Airport. From check in details to airport facilities for departures and onward travel information for arrivals, don't stress - we've got it covered.
The airport is 28 miles to the south of Central London.
All Virgin Atlantic flights depart from and arrive at the North Terminal.
When does my flight depart/arrive?
Unsure of your timings? It's best to be safe than sorry. Check your departure and arrival time with our handy Flight status tool.
What time should I arrive at the airport?
Leave those last-minute airport dashes to the big screen! We recommend that you arrive at least two hours before your flight is due to leave.
Do I need a visa?
Check out our Visa information pages for every country that we fly to.
Online check in
The best way to check in is online where you can pick your seat and print your boarding card. If you’re travelling with carry on baggage only, you can print off your own boarding pass and we’ll see you at the gate. Alternatively, you may use our automated self service kiosks at the airport. You'll find them in Zone A and they're open between 05.30 and 22.30.
Counter check in and bag drop
You’ll find our desks in Zone A of the North Terminal. Check in starts from four hours before departure. If your flight is in the early hours, you may drop your bags off the night before. All passengers will need to be present for this option. Twilight check in is available from 17.00 to 21.00 - please note, there is no dedicated Premium desk.
Got another flight to catch? Virgin Atlantic customers may use the free GatwickConnects service for a quick and stress free way to connect to your next flight.
Travelling with kids?
Gatwick airport has a family room equipped with amazing soft play areas and games rooms available for free, so you can let the kids enjoy themselves whilst you sit back with a well-deserved cuppa.
Arriving at LGW
Check out this handy guide for some useful tips on how to prepare you and your party for passing through UK borders.
Our Clubhouses provide the perfect start to your trip with that little Virgin twist to make things extra special. Our Gatwick Clubhouse is open to all our Upper Class customers and Flying Club Gold members.
Gatwick Airport's facilities
Getting to and from the airport
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'kiss&fly' drop off
We have a number of free ‘kiss&fly’ spaces at the North Terminal for those dropping off customers travelling with Virgin Atlantic. Once you've checked in online, you’ll be able to pre-register your car details so the car park system will give you access. Registered customers will be able to park anywhere on Level 5 of Car Park 5 (the same level as the check-in concourse) free for one hour.
Upper Class transfers
Arrive in style at Gatwick Airport with our Upper Class chauffeur service. We can take you to and from the airport at both ends of your flight.*
*If you prefer, you can swap your chauffeured transfer for a First Class ride on the Gatwick Express. To arrange your ground transfers call Upper Class Reservations on 0344 579 1111.
Airport contact details
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