Gatwick Airport Gears Up For its Busiest Easter Season

Interior view of Gatwick Airport terminal.
Photo Credit: Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick is preparing to welcome passengers as they travel over the Easter holiday period, in what will be the busiest two weeks for the airport so far this year.

The highest number of departures at London Gatwick are expected to be on Easter Sunday, while Sunday, 7 April is predicted to be the busiest day overall.

Busy Easter Break Ahead

London Gatwick Airport is preparing for its busiest two weeks of the year as travelers take flight during the Easter holiday period.

With Easter Sunday, March 31st, expected to see the most departures, and overall passenger numbers peaking on April 7th, Gatwick says it is well-positioned to handle the surge.

Popular destinations include European hotspots like Barcelona, Malaga, and Rome, while Dubai, Orlando, and New York lead the pack for long-haul trips.

“The entire Gatwick team is gearing up for a busy Easter break,” said Nick Williams, Head of Passenger Operations at London Gatwick.

“We’re excited to welcome passengers journeying through our airport to reach their dream escapes. We’re working closely with our airlines and partners to ensure a seamless travel experience for everyone.”

Gatwick boasts an impressive network, offering passengers across London and the South East a vast selection of 220 destinations served by 56 airlines.

This extensive network provides travelers with the perfect mix of holiday getaways and convenient connections for visiting loved ones further afield.

Photo: Gatwick Airport

Top Tips for a Smooth Easter Travel

  • Plan Ahead: Check for road closures and rail disruptions before your trip.
  • Pre-Book Parking: Heading to the airport by car? Secure your spot in advance with Official London Gatwick Parking.
  • Security Essentials: Pack liquids in containers no larger than 100ml within a resealable, clear plastic bag no bigger than 1 liter. Remember to remove the bag and any electronics from your hand luggage for security screening.
  • Special Assistance: Require additional support during your travels? Book any special assistance at least 48 hours beforehand. Find more details on the London Gatwick website.
  • On-Time Arrival: Ensure you arrive at the airport when check-in opens. This is typically three hours before long-haul flights and two hours before short-haul flights.
  • Dine and Relax: Enjoy a pre-flight meal or unwind with a beverage at one of Gatwick’s many new restaurants and bars, including Vagabond Bar and Kitchen, BrewDog, Greggs, and The Breakfast Club.
  • Shop and Save: Enjoy 10% off your World Duty Free purchases using the Reserve & Collect service. Simply browse products online, reserve them up to 30 days in advance, and collect and pay for them at the store upon arrival.
Photo Credit: London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick: Looking Further Ahead

London Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and is a vital piece of national infrastructure that helps drive both the regional and national economy. 

More than 40 airlines currently fly from the airport to over 150 short-haul and more than 45 long-haul destinations. 

Looking towards the future, London Gatwick is committed to long-term growth. Their planning application to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use is currently under review by the Planning Inspectorate.

This low-impact plan aims to enhance airport resilience, minimize delays, and significantly boost the regional and national economy by supporting trade, tourism, and job creation.


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