Half a million expected at Gatwick this weekend

London Gatwick Airport is geared up for an extraordinary Easter weekend as it prepares for more than half a million people to travel through its doors.

A total of 550,000 people will be travelling through Gatwick this weekend – an increase of more than 5% compared to last year.

The news came as Gatwick announced it had already sold 17 million seats for summer travel, with 10 new routes and more capacity for existing routes set to add up to the airport’s best ever summer season.

New routes for summer 2019 include tourist hotspots Miami, Gdansk, Rio, San Francisco and Zadar, as well as hidden gems like Asturias in Spain and Chisinau in Moldova.

Gatwick Airport has also revealed its fastest-growing destination list, predicting which places its passengers will be visiting this year. Top picks include Doha and Buenos Aires, while destinations further off the beaten track include Ancona in Italy and Kavala in Greece.

London Gatwick is Europe’s ninth busiest airport, flying to more destinations than any other UK airport.

Ahead of the busy summer season, Gatwick has also announced that it will increase the number of days its popular passenger entertainment is available – currently, it runs on Fridays only, but this is set to be extended to run from Wednesday to Friday.

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said:

“This summer, ten new routes will start from Gatwick which is the very latest demonstration of passenger demand for flights from Gatwick. It shows that, even though it’s one of the busiest in Europe, airlines can still acquire slots and grow at our airport.

“Rio de Janeiro has just joined Gatwick’s roster of long-haul connections while our airlines are opening up new must-see destinations to explore, particularly in Europe.

“Our summer seat availability is nearly double that of our winter season. With the airport set to have its biggest ever summer this year, we are delighted to treble the days our in-terminal passenger entertainment of musicians, performers and comedians is available. There is lots more planned this summer at Gatwick – so stay tuned!”

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Half a million expected at Gatwick this weekend