Gatwick’s long awaited terminal reshuffle is almost here and it’s the biggest we have seen for 30 years.
The move is a complicated one, as some major airlines, including easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, are set to swap places. Some 10,000 workers will be impacted and the airport's 42.5 million yearly passengers left confused.
The proposed moves have been two years in the making and aim to streamline the airport’s efficiency. The three major airlines have cut flights for the three-day transition period to make the process easier.
The dates were chosen as they fall after the busy Christmas period and during the midweek quiet period (when a mere 50,000 passengers are expected to depart from the airport).
Virgin Atlantic will swap with BA, with the former moving to the North Terminal. EasyJet, which accounts for 42% of Gatwick’s total traffic, will now only fly from the North Terminal.
Passengers who arrive by train and fly with Virgin will now need to take the two-minute rail shuttle from the South to the North Terminal. Meanwhile, BA passengers must make their way to the South Terminal.
EasyJet will be making the move on 24th January. BA and Virgin are pencilled in to move the next day.
“Close attention has been given to ensure that the airport operation and the experience of our passengers is not affected during the transition,” said Gatwick’s chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe but what can you do yourself to minimize disruption before your trip?
1. Double check your plans and arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare.
2. Be sure to arrange any additional help you may need getting to and from the terminals. This is especially important for those with accessibility issues.
3. Don’t fly without booking your travel insurance, which could help cover you in the event of a delay resulting from these terminal changes.