Gatwick spreads modest holiday cheer as numbers rise

Gatwick Airport is scheduled to handle nearly 750,000 passengers over the Christmas and New Years period.

The figure is likely to be a 570 percent increase from 2020 due to last year’s Covid-19 restrictions.

The holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for Gatwick, outside of the peak of summer, and the airport received more than 1.6 million passengers between December 18 and December 31 before the pandemic.

The busiest days for departures this year are expected to be December 19, 23 and 26, with approximately 33,000 – 35,000 passengers per day.

The most popular routes include Dublin (short distance) and Cancun (long distance).

Passengers wishing to escape this Christmas will be boosted by the arrival of two new airlines to Gatwick this week.

The figure is likely to be a 570 percent increase from 2020 due to last year’s Covid-19 restrictions.

The holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for Gatwick, outside of the peak of summer, and the airport received more than 1.6 million passengers between December 18 and December 31 before the pandemic.

The busiest days for departures this year are expected to be December 19, 23 and 26, with approximately 33,000 – 35,000 passengers per day.

The most popular routes include Dublin (short distance) and Cancun (long distance).

Passengers wishing to escape this Christmas will be boosted by the arrival of two new airlines to Gatwick this week.

Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, began operating three weekly flights to Bangkok on December 16, while regional carrier Eastern Airways launched its daily service to Newquay on December 15.

Popular low-cost carrier Wizz also returned to Gatwick this week, with flights to Athens, Malta, Lanzarote and Malaga, while Emirates also restarted its daily service to Dubai earlier this month.

Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, began operating three weekly flights to Bangkok on December 16, while regional carrier Eastern Airways launched its daily service to Newquay on December 15.

Popular low-cost carrier Wizz also returned to Gatwick this week, with flights to Athens, Malta, Lanzarote and Malaga, while Emirates also restarted its daily service to Dubai earlier this month.

In total, 30 airlines currently operate from Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Jonathan Pollard, Gatwick Airport Commercial Director, said: “We are encouraged by the number of people looking to travel this Christmas and enjoy a much-needed family vacation or visit friends and family abroad.

“It is also positive to see strong bookings from new and returning airlines, and we look forward to adding more routes and options for passengers in the new year.”

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