The beautiful south: the new First and Club lounges at Gatwick are now open. Photo: Stuart Bailey

Faster Flying

Gatwick enters the space age

British Airways’ move to the South Terminal means a substantial upgrade for premium passengers. Photography by Stuart Bailey

British Airways has unveiled its new First and Club lounge at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal with more than double the seating and 40 per cent more floor space than the former lounge within North Terminal.

The lounge features smart design elements such as floor-to-ceiling glass windows, affording customers a fine view over the entire airfield, while a mezzanine level and feature wine walls create separate spaces to work, relax or dine.

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First customers can select dishes from a seasonal à la carte menu and enjoy champagne and fine wines in one of the four bar areas.

On 25 January, our entire London Gatwick operation moved from the North to the South Terminal. It was one of the most comprehensive airport shuffles in British history, and offered the airline BA the chance to introduce a host of improved services.

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Gatwick is the busiest single runway operation in the world. For BA, it’s where our short-haul and leisure routes are concentrated. It’s an extremely competitive place: glance outside the window and you’ll see aircraft from Emirates, easyJet, Virgin, Norwegian, Thomson Holidays and 48 other airlines, serving a combined 38 million passengers annually.

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South Terminal customers will find check-in a much simpler experience to navigate. Previously, anyone arriving by train would have to transfer to the North Terminal on an easyJet-branded monorail. In the new terminal you’ll arrive adjacent to BA’s check-in desks.

The new BA-branded desks are complemented by 12 self-service bag drops.