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Passenger numbers quickly grew and in 1962 the existing terminal doubled in size and was able to handle two million passengers a year. Soon, however, the airport had outgrown the single terminal and construction began on the North Terminal in 1983.
The mainline station is located in the South Terminal and there is an inter-terminal shuttle service (known as the monorail) for transfers between the South and North Terminal . This was recently updated when the old monorail train was replaced in 2010. The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and takes just two minutes to travel between the terminals.
If you are coming to Gatwick Airport by train you will arrive into the South Terminal. A large variety of airlines operate from the South Terminal. The North Terminal is largely BA only, although other airlines operate from there too. If you need to transfer between terminals use the Gatwick Airport Monorail to travel between to two with ease - and it's free.
South Terminal Departures
Luggage trolleys are available free of charge and check-in desks are located on the right side of the building where the self service check-in area can also be found. There are no restaurants here although there is a cafe in the arrivals area where an information desk can also be found.
Having cleared security, the Departure Lounge offers a variety of restaurants and cafes most of which are on level 4, although there are a few food shops on level 3. Other services such as internet access, bureaux de change and cash dispensers can also be found in the Departure Lounge as well as shops and public pay phones.
South Terminal Arrivals
Luggage trolleys are available free of charge in the luggage reclaim area. Other facilities include a coffee shop, internet access, bureaux de change and public pay phones.
Gatwick Airport Train Station
All trains arrive into Gatwick Airport at the South Terminal. The entrance to the rail concourse is signposted and is towards the Departures area. It's easy to get to the North Terminal from the South Terminal using the Monorail.
South Terminal Hotels
There is a good selection of hotel choice at the South Terminal. All hotels featured on Gatwickreservations.com offer shuttle bus services to the South Terminal. The Hilton is located on-site at the terminal building with easy access into the terminal via an undercover walkway. Another on-site option at the South Terminal is the Courtyard by Marriott which is within walking distance of the terminal building, albeit not actually connected.