Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport with more than 275,000 flights per year!
Unfortunately, this means that flight delays are common…In fact, Gatwick has been recently listed as the least punctual airport in the country!
As we all know, waiting for a delayed flight can be a very frustrating experience. Airports just aren’t exciting places to be.
So what can you do to help pass the time and keep yourself busy? In this post we’ll show you 9 things to do when your flight is delayed.
If your flight has been delayed or cancelled, you’ll probably want to let people know.
If you don’t have your own data plan, you can use the airport’s WiFi for free.
But there’s a catch…
You only get 90 minutes online!
If your flight is delayed, you may be entitled to compensation.
This is the case even for delays of 2 hours, so make sure you claim what you’re entitled to as soon as you find out about the delay.
Airlines should give you vouchers to cover food and drink, as well as Internet or phone access.
For delays of 3+ hours, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Check with your airline!
Grab a Bite to Eat
Gatwick has an impressive range of restaurants, so it’s anything but a chore to try as many as you can!
The choice ranges from stylish seafood bars to chains like Wagamama, Nando’s and Wetherspoon.
PLUS: the airport’s restaurants and coffee shops offer free WiFi! Remember to get the password when you order.
A nice cup of tea or coffee will give you that caffeine kick you need to help make the wait more pleasant.
There are 10 coffee shops at Gatwick, so choice will never be a problem!
Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, and Jamie’s Coffee Lounge are open 24/7, and the rest open as early as 4 a.m.
Pick Up a Free Magazine
Didn’t bring any reading material with you?
Gatwick offers complimentary magazines (and newspapers) at both terminals. Look for them outside the airport restaurants and near departure gates.
Relax in an Airport Lounge
Airport lounges are no longer a luxury.
There are five VIP lounges at Gatwick, with prices starting at £30 per day (they are usually open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.). And you can save a few quid by booking online.
For that price, you get access to a quiet environment, comfortable seating, unlimited WiFi, and complimentary food and drink.
Catch Some Sleep
Let’s face it: sleeping in airports is not for everyone.
The good news is you can now get some quality sleep without having to spend a fortune.
YotelAir offers comfy en-suite cabins starting at £34 for a 4-hour stay. Look for them in the South Terminal, before security.
If you don’t want to book a hotel room but still need to freshen up a bit, you can enjoy a shower for £10.
Soap and towels are provided, and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to face the wait.
You can find shower facilities inside the Regus Express Lounge (South Terminal).
If your flight has been delayed for several hours, you may have time to hop on bus 400. It leaves frequently from the airport’s bus station at the South Terminal.
Here, you can spend time exploring Horley, which is a mile away. Visit the local ceramic shops or enjoy a lovely lunch at one of the high street pubs and restaurants.
As you can see, there is a long list of things to do when your flight is delayed at Gatwick. So finding yourself stuck waiting for your flight may not be such a bad experience after all!