ahlfors
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Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:55 am

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?
 
LGW
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:01 am

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]
 
LGWspeedbird
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:09 am

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.
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Evan767
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:40 am

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.
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LGW
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:55 am

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.
 
LGWspeedbird
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:24 am

If your flight goes from gate 104 you definatly need an umbrella big leak there the other day!!
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bill142
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:41 pm

Yeah you have to watch out for Miss BA
 
EWRCabincrew
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:25 am

Why not go into London for a bite? You can do both, planespot and go to London. Vic Station is 35 minutes each way.
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AsstChiefMark
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:33 pm

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]
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highpeaklad
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RE: Gatwick For 7 Hours

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:53 am

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

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

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