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Gatwick For 7 Hours  
User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Next week I have a long connection in Gatwick (BA longhaul to GB Airways) between 9 am and 4:30 pm. Are there any good places for spotting in the terminal, and what else interesting is there to do?

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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

If you're flying through LGW with BA/GT watch out for Miss BA.

Seriously if you go to the South Terminal either go to the Short Stay car park to view landings if the wind is Westerly an 26s are in use or in the South Terminal go to Zone A where VS/EZY/BY checkin in go through the double doors there down the stairs and you can walk out to the approach path for 26 to view arrivals and departures, short of that, on foot not a lot else exists now the Skyport viewing area has been shut.

[Edited 2007-01-06 23:07:40]

User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

My advice is to avoid any trainees that may be in the terminal at the time.

If you stay airside you will get good views from pier 6. No doubt your GB flight will depart from there anyway.



upcoming flights LHR-LAX-HNL-SFO-LHR
User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

I'm pretty sure there is a big bridge between two terminals in which planes taxi under (our DL did atleast). It has clear windows and looked great for spotting the whole airport.


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 3):
I'm pretty sure there is a big bridge between two terminals in which planes taxi under (our DL did atleast). It has clear windows and looked great for spotting the whole airport.

If you do use the bridge to watch the aircraft make sure you take one of the complementary umbrellas the airport provide and mind you don't kick over any of the buckets which are strategically placed to catch the drips of water from the leaking roof.

Also if you are there of an evening make sure you allow extra time before your flight as you can take advantage of the table and chairs which are put out on rare occasions on the bridge for passengers to enjoy a light meal before they depart, it's a glorious place on a summers evening.


User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

If your flight goes from gate 104 you definatly need an umbrella big leak there the other day!!


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8445 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Yeah you have to watch out for Miss BA

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Why not go into London for a bite? You can do both, planespot and go to London. Vic Station is 35 minutes each way.


You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 7):
Vic Station is 35 minutes each way

I found cheap day return tickets for the Gatwick Express: Express Class Cheap Day Return - £12.20

http://www.britainexpress.com/London/Gatwick_Express.htm

Mark

[Edited 2007-01-08 05:43:16]

User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

This may make the Gatwick Express even cheaper....

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=645424

Chris



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