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23 May 2013
London Gatwick is getting into the summer spirit as it prepares to give passengers a sunny welcome and slick send-off over the May bank holiday weekend and half term.
Families are getting ready to make the most of the half term school holidays, with key destinations including Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and the south of France. City breaks are also proving a popular choice, with Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam featuring in the top ten destinations list.
Gatwick expects around 790,000 passengers to pass through its doors between Monday 27 May and Sunday 2 June, including around 390,000 departing holidaymakers.
The May holiday marks the start of the airport’s build up to the busy summer season, which looks set to be Gatwick’s most exciting to date. Passengers now have more choice of where to fly thanks to new services including Norwegian Air Shuttle’s 12 new European routes. Long-haul destinations started this summer season include Sri Lanka with British Airways. Passengers also have more choice of when to fly, with services to Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines and Istanbul with Turkish Airlines increasing.
There are plenty of plans in the pipeline to delight passengers looking forward to the main summer school holidays, with entertainment ranging from circus acts to magicians, puppet shows to storytelling, all designed to get the holiday cheer started early. Children can also make the most of their time in Gatwick’s departure lounges thanks to fun-filled play zones or even enjoy a story downloaded from the airport’s dedicated Soundcloud channel.
As usual, plenty of assistance will be available to passengers travelling with children, or requiring extra assistance. Gatwick’s Family and Assistance security lanes offer more space and time for travelling through security. Specially trained Gatwick security staff are also on hand to help in these dedicated areas. There is also special assistance available for any passengers requiring support through the airport from Gatwick’s ‘Passengers with reduced mobility’ (PRM) services.
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About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 38 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com
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