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Goofyish
11-27-2005, 11:26 AM
The last time we flew frm Gatwick was in 2003. I'm sure I read that the way you get to the plane has been changed. We used the little train thingy to get to the gate - is that gone now?

Do you have to walk to the gate, or is there a bus?

Claire L
11-27-2005, 11:40 AM
Ah yes that has now gone and there is a long walk way with alot of conveyer belts :teeth: to the satellite terminal on the South. As for the North that has a fab new extention with the huge tall walkway. We have been on both this year :)
Claire ;)

mandymouse
11-27-2005, 11:45 AM
Changes at Gatport Airwick? :rotfl: :rotfl:

Yes Tim the little monorail thingy has gone now

widget
11-27-2005, 02:08 PM
Walkways?? Conveyor belts??? (Are these for the luggage - or the passengers??)
We havent flown from Gatwick since 2003 too and didnt know there were changes. So what do we have to do now in the South Terminal thats different?? :earseek: Dont like changes!!!!!

Miffy2003
11-27-2005, 02:23 PM
There were lots of corridors and a bus in December 2004!

FizzyPop
11-27-2005, 02:29 PM
we went in september and had to walk :) they have the little conveyer belts that you stand on.. We had to walk miles (well it felt like miles) in september to get to our gate.

gilld
11-27-2005, 02:29 PM
Yes, in September we had to walk along the travelators - a VERY long way! I think VA are using different gates now.

SimonV
11-27-2005, 04:39 PM
No, the gate numbers are exactly the same, but the method of getting there is (as suggested) all new. The simple fact is you have to walk (and stand on the moving walkways) along a new interior corridor system that adds at least 5 minutes to the time you need to get to the gate. It DOES seem like a long way and something of a retrograde step, though.

mickg7dyd
11-27-2005, 06:00 PM
Hi,
We also thought that the landside shopping/dining area (Gatwick Village) isn't as good as it used to be. Lots of shops have gone has as the food court area that overlooked the runways. Took us almost 15 minutes to walk to our gate (No. 35 I think)from the duty free area. Ironic really when you hear how much people complain about Orlando International and this trip we were in our car in less than an hour of landing.

Mick.

:smooth:

gilld
11-28-2005, 01:54 AM
No, the gate numbers are exactly the same, but the method of getting there is (as suggested) all new. The simple fact is you have to walk (and stand on the moving walkways) along a new interior corridor system that adds at least 5 minutes to the time you need to get to the gate. It DOES seem like a long way and something of a retrograde step, though.
Every time we have flown to Orlando in the past( 5 times always the same), we used a gate in a circular satellite, with shops in the middle. There were no individual final waiting rooms just a communal area for all the gates there. This time we went into an individual waiting room and it was NOT a circular area so it is definitely not the same gate we have used previously - no shops either!

Maybe they used a different gate each time we went!

Claire L
11-28-2005, 04:59 AM
In Oct 2004 when alot of work was going on we went form gate 19 which wasn't in the satellite area and was an individual waiting area no shops. This past June it was back to gate 33 and the satellite communal area with shops.
Claire ;)

gilld
11-28-2005, 05:15 AM
In Oct 2004 when alot of work was going on we went form gate 19 which wasn't in the satellite area and was an individual waiting area no shops. This past June it was back to gate 33 and the satellite communal area with shops.
Claire ;)
Well it wasn't from there in September when we went.

Claire L
11-28-2005, 05:30 AM
Well it wasn't from there in September when we went.

Perhaps they move the gates about sometimes depending on capacity at the airport?? I have heard that sometimes a particualr gate the aircraft was meant to go to was unavailable due to another aircraft not having left it on time? Not too sure really as we were quite surprised in Oct 2004 to not go from the satellite area.

Claire ;)

musketeer
11-28-2005, 05:37 AM
We had to walk on these moving walkways a couple of weeks ago it felt like we were never going to get to the gate which was number 32 .

tracy

widget
11-28-2005, 08:10 AM
Seems like you have to trek a fair way to get to the plane then! Must be getting all those legs ready for the walking they will be doing around the parks - what a nice thing for the airport to do for all us passengers!! ;)

mikki.young
11-28-2005, 09:00 AM
Do Virgin fly from the North or the South terminal to MCO? We are used to BA which goes from the South I think but are going on Virgin next trip so wanted to check! :confused3

gilld
11-28-2005, 09:04 AM
VA fly from South Terminal - I thought BA went from North?

Obi Wan Kenobi
11-28-2005, 09:05 AM
just to say all belts were working, all the way to the sattellite on Sat.

Claire L
11-28-2005, 12:04 PM
VA fly from South Terminal - I thought BA went from North?

Yes BA do go from the North terminal.

Claire ;)

mikki.young
11-28-2005, 03:15 PM
Clearly getting my north and south mixed up! I just need to keep remembering Virgins fly South to Florida ;)

UKPhil
11-29-2005, 09:36 AM
Last March we flew with VA and did not board from the satellite. I suspect that's when they were changing the short monorail to the indoor walkway thingies.

Does anyone know what's happening with the "Gatwick Village" in the South Terminal? Half the shops and the food court have been closed for a year or more now. Will they ever reopen?

Obi Wan Kenobi
11-29-2005, 04:07 PM
Last March we flew with VA and did not board from the satellite. I suspect that's when they were changing the short monorail to the indoor walkway thingies.

Does anyone know what's happening with the "Gatwick Village" in the South Terminal? Half the shops and the food court have been closed for a year or more now. Will they ever reopen?

When we passed through I did not see any closed shops on Saturday

mickg7dyd
11-29-2005, 06:33 PM
Hi,
As I mentioned earlier the Gatwick village is not a patch on what It used to be. Loads of shops have not only closed but have been replaced by seating areas. We passed through a week ago and was very disapointed.

Mick.

:smooth:

SimonV
11-29-2005, 10:14 PM
There may be a little confusion here. Gatwick Village is the big shopping and dining area upstairs in the South terminal BEFORE you go through to the departure lounge. This has definitely had some closures this year, but the departure lounge itself is still pretty busy and full of different outlets for shopping/dining. There have been some changes, but everything was open a few months ago.