Our last departure from Gatwick’s South Terminal

By: Dave Gunner

January 23, 2017

When our flight VS33 to Antigua pushed back 10 minutes early from gate 17 today, it was a bit of an emotional one for our Gatwick team. It was our last flight to depart from the South Terminal, which makes it something of a historic flight. The South Terminal at Gatwick is where our story began on the 22 June 1984, when our first ever flight VS1 to Newark departed from the same pier.

Many of today’s Gatwick team have worked for years in the South Terminal, some for our old handling agent Gatwick Handling, before joining Virgin Atlantic.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to the millions of passengers who have flown with us from the South Terminal over the last 33 years. It’s been our pleasure to have you onboard and we look forward to welcoming you in our lovely new home in Gatwick’s North Terminal from tomorrow.

Our photo shows, from left to right Jane Kempson, Dipak Nayee, Darrell Thompson, Tracy McShane and Shahir Butt. The VS33 pushing back behind them is flown by Captain Tom Petzing and First Officer Jon Smith with our Flight Service Manager Amanda Cooper looking after the cabin.



Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.