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The airport has two terminals, North and South, with different airlines flying from each. The Gatwick website has a handy guide, Which Terminal? Listing all the airlines and from where they depart.
There is a huge range of places to eat and shop if you arrive early and want to spend some time browsing, though it is wise to set aside a separate, specific amount of money to spend so that you don’t end up dipping into holiday money. Opening times for shops, cafes and restaurants are:
North Terminal: 04:00 – 21:00
South Terminal: 04:00 – 21:30
If you want to avoid all that and would like to relax in one of the airport lounges, you will need to pay starting at £20 booking fee for the No1 lounges, but using them does come with complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines.
As with all airports there are security measures and limits on what you can carry. Toiletries, perfumes, cosmetics are limited to 100ml per item and should all be put into one 1-litee, re-sealable see-through plastic bag (maximum size: 20cm x 20cm).
You are allowed just one piece of hand luggage (with some exceptions) and this must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.
Medicines over 100ml, supported by a doctor’s note or prescription, are allowed through security. There’s no limit for powder or pills. Insulin, insulin pumps, EpiPens, hypodermic needles and medicines must be supported by a medical certification letter, as must children’s medicine.
All medicines are subject to additional security screening and must be kept in a transparent, re-sealable bag.
Special medical conditions
If you have a pacemaker or any other medical device that may be affected by walking through an archway metal detector, you need to have a medical card confirming this and to let security guards know before you get to the archway.
Similarly, you should be aware that hip/joint replacements and other metal implants can set off the airport metal detectors. If this happens, you will need to be searched by a security guard.
It is always wise to check both on the airport’s website and the specific airline website for prohibited items and special security arrangements.