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
5. New York
8. Las Vegas
9. Montego Bay
Top Ten Summer Short-haul Destinations
3. Palma De Mallorca
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.”