Long-Haul Destinations Soar +19% As Gatwick Is Set For Busiest-Ever Summer

Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016

gat-300x200Gatwick Airport expects 8 million passengers to travel through the airport this summer holiday, +6.6% on summer 2016

Long-haul destinations soar 19% this summer with 165,000 passengers travelling through on busiest day

The airport is set for a summer of family fun with top entertainers and face painting plus free of charge children’s play areas, dedicated family security lanes and pushchairs

Gatwick Airport is set to have a record-breaking summer with 8 million passengers forecast to travel through the airport this holiday, +6.6% on summer 2015.

During the summer holiday period the airport will welcome 50% more passengers with children with 165,000 passengers travelling through during the busiest day this summer, the busiest day ever for the airport.


Long-haul destinations continue to go from strength to strength at Gatwick +19% on summer 2015. Destinations proving particularly popular this summer include Orlando +17%, Tenerife +16%, Faro +13% and Bridgetown, Barbados +7.5% year on year.


Top Ten Summer Long-haul Destinations:

  1. Orlando
  2. Dubai
  3. Toronto
  4. Cancun
  5. New York
  6. Vancouver
  7. Bridgetown
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Montego Bay
  10. Calgary
  11. Top Ten Summer Short-haul Destinations
  12. Barcelona
  13. Malaga
  14. Palma De Mallorca
  15. Dublin
  16. Faro
  17. Alicante
  18. Amsterdam
  19. Madrid
  20. Tenerife
  21. Belfast

A summer of family entertainment is in store for passengers travelling through the airport throughout the holiday. On Friday mornings between 22nd July and 19th August, Gatwick will be welcoming some of the UK’s top entertainers, street theatre performers and face painters.


More Gatwick terminal staff will be on hand throughout the break assisting passengers with the airport’s free of charge children’s play areas, dedicated family security lanes and pushchairs to use on arrival.

Gatwick Airport, Terminals Operations Manager, Wayne Tomlinson said:
“We’re seeing more passengers than ever travelling through Gatwick, and this summer is no exception being our busiest yet, with 8 million passengers travelling with us – many to long-haul destinations which have soared +19% on summer 2015.


“All teams at the airport have been working hard ahead of summer to make our passengers’ time with us as fun and hassle free as possible. Whether it’s our family entertainment, a dedicated family security lane, or a pushchair available on your arrival at the airport – we strive to offer helpful thoughts – providing the best start and finish to your time away whether you are off to Tenerife or Toronto.”


Source:- Gatwick Airport

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