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Travellers love to research their journeys, everything from where they will stay to what they will visit. Yet the one important part of the journey many don’t bother to research is the airports they will use. Surely an airport is an airport, right? Wrong. Researching what to do at an airport can make your journey more enjoyable and less stressful. In this post we will be examining Gatwick airport and the services it has on offer.

Gatwick is the United Kingdom’s second busiest airport after Heathrow. Last year a record breaking 40 million passengers used the airport. With more passengers using the airport every year Gatwick provides key services to ensure that travellers’ journeys are safe and enjoyable.

Gatwick offers several services for arriving passengers. One service is parking, which Parking4Less defines as three very different options: short stay, long stay and valet. Each of these options ensures that passenger’s cars are safe and secure for the duration of their trip and that people parking their cars don’t pay over the odds when getting locked into timeframes they don’t need. For passengers coming by train there is an express rail link that runs every 15 minutes from London Victoria direct to the terminals.

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If you need a place to sleep near the airport then Gatwick has a range of hotels that cater for every budget. Most of the hotels have a coach service that is directly linked to Gatwick’s South Terminal to ensure passengers can easily access the airport. This is a good option for business professionals who need to be on the move and passengers with long layovers.

Once inside the terminal, Gatwick has many restaurants for visitors to try. These range from family friendly pubs to a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. No matter what your tastes are Gatwick has many cuisines on offer from across the world. Passengers looking for a strong drink before take off should visit one of the many bars in the terminal.

Both terminals have several ways to kill time. The North Terminal has a mini-cinema showing films such as James Bond releases alongside other recreational activities. The South Terminal has child friendly lounges open to all passengers. Both terminals have duty free shops offering discounted prices on products.

With a bit of research a traveller can make the airport part of their journey as enjoyable as the rest of their travels. By taking advantage of what an airport has to offer, you will be ahead of the other passengers just sitting and waiting for their plane.

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