Ash Berlin ash_cpan at
Mon Jul 25 14:53:25 BST 2011

On 25 Jul 2011, at 14:34, Smylers wrote:

> Hello. How big is Gatwick Airport? More specifically, about how long do
> I need to allow for walking from its railway station to the check-in
> hall ('Terminal S', according to my ticket)?

5-10 mins should cut it. From clearing customs to the train station is all of about 2 minutes, but departures is probably slightly further. Curiously I've arrived at gatwick far more often than I've left from there

> I don't think I've been to Gatwick before -- it isn't the obvious
> airport for somebody living in Leeds -- but I will be flying to Riga
> from there, so am currently trying to work out appropriate connecting
> trains and wondering whether I need to allow for several miles of
> travelators or anything in my timings.
> And any wisdom on likely time between scheduled touchdown on the return
> flight and being back at the station also appreciated, though I
> appreciate that's laughably hard to predict. I'll only have hand
> luggage, so does expecting to be at the platform in an hour sound
> reasonable?

An hour would be more than generous enough. I think it took me 25mins from plat touching down to being on the platform when I did it last week - if that long. It certainly wasn't anywhere close to an hour.

> (I won't of course be depending on things being reasonable, and will add
> a margin of error to allow for unreasonableness, but it'd be handy to
> have some idea of the base time.)
> Thanks -- and looking forward to seeing many of you in Riga.
> Smylers
> -- 

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