LONDON – This October half-term, London Gatwick Airport will fly to almost 90% of the destinations it flew to at the same period in 2019 – the airport said today – as it prepares to welcome holidaymakers jetting off for a short break or some autumn sun.
London Gatwick – part of the VINCI Airports’ network – will serve 172 destinations during the forthcoming holiday period, compared to 197 in the same period in 2019 (87%).
Top destinations for half-term getaways include Dublin, Barcelona and Malaga, while Dubai, New York and Orlando top the long-haul charts.
At the end of half-term, Gatwick will be welcoming new airline Bamboo Airways, with a new route to Hanoi, Vietnam. JetBlue is also adding a second daily service to New York – which is one of over 50 weekly flights to the US currently on offer from Gatwick.
Gatwick Airport also hosts a range of retail shopping outlets, notable including new Lego stores in each terminal, which opened in July, alongside other top brands such as Ted Baker, Hugo Boss, Superdry, Harrods, Hamleys and World Duty Free.
Gatwick CCO statement
London Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jonathan Pollard, said: “We are really excited to see the number of destinations we fly to almost returning to pre-Covid levels for the October half-term.”
“The summer was incredibly busy, and we took steps to provide more certainty for passengers, including recruiting more than 400 new security staff, so we are well resourced for half-term and beyond. It’s great to see our departure lounges busy again with people eager to jet off and enjoy our fantastic range of destinations, across Europe and further afield.”
About VINCI Airports
The world’s leading private airport operator, VINCI Airports operates more than 50 airports in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
With its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and its know-how in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructures and managing their operations and environmental transition.
VINCI Airports is the first airport operator to have committed to a global international environmental strategy in 2016, to achieve the goal of net zero emission across its entire network by 2050.
About Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and flies a range of both short and long-haul point-to-point services. The airport is a vital piece of the UK’s national infrastructure and is also a major driver for both the regional and national economies.
In 2019, a new long-term partnership was formed with VINCI Airports which purchased a 50.01% stake in the airport.
In related London Gatwick airport news, the European low-cost operator Wizz Air has also announced the addition of new route services out of its Gatwick Airport hub.