Gatwick prepares for 8.8 million passengers during busiest summer ever

Gatwick Airport is gearing up to see 8.8 million passengers travel through its doors this summer, following a record June.

And it has predicted that Sunday 12 August will be its busiest day, with 167,200 passengers due to fly.

An incredible 4.5 million people travelled through the airport during June, which was a 2.2% increase on the previous year.

Now, Gatwick is setting its sights on the 8,846,000 people preparing to come through its doors during the 2018 school summer holidays.

Last month saw long-haul continue to flourish as world leaders jetted to Canada for the G7 summit. Canadian routes like Winnipeg, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton saw significant growth compared to the previous year. And it seems that long-haul is set to continue over the summer, with a growth of 19.5% across Gatwick’s long-haul services.

Long-haul destinations Lima and Kigali also saw substantial growth, in the year on year comparison. Meanwhile, cargo volumes handled by Gatwick continued to see considerable growth last month. They were up 19.4% on the previous year.

Friday 20 July will be the busiest day at Gatwick this summer for departures, with 86,000 passengers flying out of the airport.

Sunday 2 September will be the busiest day for arrivals, with 88,400 passengers touching down at Gatwick.

Sunday 12 August will be the busiest day overall, with a total of 167,200 passengers travelling in or out of Gatwick Airport.

This summer, the most popular long-haul spot will be Orlando, continuing the trend from previous months. Other long-haul locations on this summer’s top ten list include Dubai, New York, Toronto, Cancun, Vancouver, Doha, Las Vegas, Bridgetown and LA.

Out of Gatwick’s short-haul services, Barcelona stays at the top spot for the most popular destination, while Nice has joined the top ten list this year. Other popular destinations will include Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Faro, Alicante and Madrid. City break destinations Dublin, Amsterdam and Milan are also set to be in the top ten.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Just one week after we added a 67th long-haul service to our extensive network – with the launch of the UK’s only direct flights to Chengdu with Air China – it’s fantastic to see that our long-haul routes are continuing to perform so strongly, with solid growth recorded in June.

“This follows news that £7.5 billion of international goods passed through Gatwick in 2017 – supporting 113,800 UK jobs – which really highlights the vital role the airport plays for its local community and the country as a whole. We’re currently exploring the best and most sustainable ways that Gatwick can continue to grow, in order to keep supporting the local and national economy and help Britain reap the benefits of greater global connectivity.

“In the meantime, with the summer holidays just around the corner and record numbers due to use Gatwick, we’re committed to ensuring that all of our passengers have a smooth and enjoyable experience as they travel through the airport this summer.”

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Gatwick prepares for 8.8 million passengers during busiest summer ever