Special facilities | Gatwick Airport

Special facilities and services

If you have a disability of any kind or your mobility is reduced, we offer a range of services and facilities to help you here at Gatwick.

Special assistance help

We have created a special assistance brochure to help your journey through the airport. It also included maps. 

Assistance desks

Throughout the airport we have a number of assistance reception desks with reserved seating where our team are on hand to help you. If you have booked assistance, please make yourself known at one of our assistance desks - located both before and after security.

Help PointHelp points

Special assistance help points for all those with a disability or mobility difficulties are sited on both terminal forecourts, short stay car parks, stations, baggage reclaim halls and on some routes within the terminals where there are long walking distances. Assistance is free. You can also ask for help with your wheelchair or baggage to get to check-in.

Changing Places

We have two adult Changing Places located on the arrivals routes in both of our terminals. These facilities are available for all arriving and departing passengers and include an adjustable bed that lowers to ground level, a hoist and flexible wash basins, all located in a large wash room with full shower facilities.

Changing Places are free to use and do not need to be pre-booked. There is a sign adjacent to the facility with a phone number to call to gain access. These facilities are clearly sign posted if you are an arriving passenger. If you are departing, we advise you to go to the special assistance desks, located either in the check-in areas or the departure lounges, where a member of the special assistance team will be happy to escort you to the facility. Please allow plenty of time to get there.  

Please be aware that these facilities are only available if you are flying to or from Gatwick, as they are located after security.

We are currently planning a new Changing Places before security in the South Terminal. 

Eagle hoists

If you need additional assistance to board the aircraft we can arrange an Eagle Hoist, available on a first come first served basis. This will need to be booked 24 hours prior to travelling.

To book the Eagle Hoist, please email eaglehoist@gatwickairport.com with the following information:

  • Customer name and contact details
  • Date of travel and flight details
  • Passenger’s height and approximate weight
  • Are you using your own sling?
  • Have you used the service before? 

Once your booking is confirmed you will get an email confirmation. Watch how Eagle Hoist works on this video.

PRM_seatingReserved seating

There are reserved seating areas clearly identified by special assistance signs throughout the airport in the general seating areas.



Unisex accessible toilets are provided near most toilet blocks. Occasionally the accessible toilet is located inside the men's or ladies' toilets.

We have a mix of right and left hand transfer toilets. If you need a peninsular pan we suggest using the Changing Places facilities.

Exclusive Grain Store service for special assistance passengers

If you’re using our special assistance service in our South Terminal, you can order food and drinks from Grain Store and have them delivered straight to you. A member of the Grain Store team will take your order from the Special assistance area, allowing you to relax and wait for your flight. Choose from a range of fresh sandwiches, salads, pastries and desserts, plus hot and cold drinks. View the menu and see what's available before you arrive. We will have a similar service in the North Terminal soon.

Walking distances

Use our guide to check how far you may have to walk at the airport.

Walking distances at the airport