Gatwick gearing up for busiest summer ever

Thanks to the growth in long-haul routes, the airport will serve 8.8 million passengers during the season

London’s second airport, Gatwick, is about to experience it’s busiest summer school holidays in its existence.

Thanks to the growth in long-haul operations, more than 8.8 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport over the season.  

Gatwick has recently launched UK’s only direct flights to Chengdu with Air China — Shutterstock
Gatwick has recently launched the UK’s only direct flights to Chengdu with Air China – Shutterstock

In June, the long-haul operation increased by 26 per cent in comparison to the same month last year, while the airport’s Canadian routes performed particularly well. Winnipeg grew by 66.3 per cent, Edmonton by 28.2 per cent, Montreal by 23.8 per cent and Calgary by 13 per cent.

Other long-haul routes that experienced significant year-on-year growth in June included Lima, with a growth of 29.6 per cent, and Kigali, with 19.9 per cent, while emerging short-haul destinations Volos and Tallinn saw passenger growth rates of 154.7 per cent and 51.4 per cent respectively.

“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,” said Gatwick Airport’s chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate.

The long-haul operation to Montreal went through a year-to-year increase of 23.8 per cent — Shutterstock
The long-haul operation to Montreal went through a year-on-year increase of 23.8 per cent — Shutterstock

“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.

The busiest day of the whole summer season will be 12 August with 167,200 passengers travelling through the airport. Second busiest will be 2 September with 88,400 passengers, while Friday 20 July will be the third busiest with 86,000.

“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,” Wingate said.

Gatwick Airport’s  top 10 long-haul routes for this summer

  1. Orlando
  2. Dubai
  3. New York
  4. Toronto
  5. Cancun
  6. Vancouver
  7. Doha
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Bridgetown
  10. Los Angeles

Gatwick’s top 10 short-haul destinations this summer

  1. Barcelona
  2. Malaga
  3. Palma de Mallorca
  4. Dublin
  5. Faro
  6. Alicante
  7. Amsterdam
  8. Madrid
  9. Milan
  10. Nice