631,000 passengers to travel through Gatwick this weekend, with 304,000 departing passengers expected
· 14% rise in long-haul passengers compared with last year’s August Bank Holiday weekend
· Three of the 10 biggest-growing long-haul routes are to the US – Oakland +124.8%, New York +54.9% and Los Angeles +28.9% on last year
More Brits are planning to spend this year’s August Bank Holiday weekend in the US according to figures released by Gatwick Airport, as thousands take advantage of the extra day off to pay a flying visit to popular destinations across the pond.
The number of long-haul passengers departing from Gatwick across the weekend has increased significantly, up 14% year-on-year. Several American cities are in the airport’s top ten biggest-growing long-haul destinations this Bank Holiday, with the number of passengers travelling to Oakland, New York and Los Angeles throughout the holiday weekend rising by 124.8%, 54.9% and 28.9% respectively, compared with 2016.
Although just outside the top ten, Gatwick’s 11th biggest-growing long-haul route, Boston, is also fast becoming a Bank Holiday favourite, +16.2% on the same weekend last year. While transatlantic destinations are proving more attractive than ever, Gatwick passengers are also opting for Dubai for their quick long-haul Bank Holiday break – the city will be the most popular long-haul destination this weekend, up 10.7% year-on-year.
631,000 passengers in total are expected to travel through Gatwick across the weekend – an increase of 0.9% on last year – making it the airport’s busiest Bank Holiday weekend on record.
Shorter breaks are now particularly popular among British holidaymakers, according to Gatwick figures, with just under a third of the airport’s leisure passengers (31.9%) heading off on four-day trips – with the figure peaking at 38% during last year’s August Bank Holiday weekend.
Gatwick Airport’s Head of Airline Relations Stephen King said:
“As more American destinations are added to our growing long-haul route network, it’s clear that passengers are making the most of it with thousands heading across the pond for the Bank Holiday weekend. Later this year we’re set to give our passengers even more choice with the launch of new routes to Denver, Seattle, Austin and Chicago.
“Gatwick is already the world’s busiest single-runway airport and we are exploring new and innovative ways to make best use of our existing facilities so we can continue to forge new connections and increase Britain’s global connectivity when it’s needed most.
“Our August Bank Holiday figures demonstrate that, while we continue to provide new services for our growing number of passengers, we are also keen to expand. We stand ready to build our financeable and deliverable second runway scheme instead of, or in addition to, Heathrow should the Government give us the green light.”
Top ten biggest-growing August Bank Holiday long-haul destinations
· Oakland, San Francisco
· Punta Cana
· New York
· Cape Verde
· Los Angeles
Top ten biggest-growing August Bank Holiday short-haul destinations
AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners
An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.
In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.
The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.
The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.
The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were:
Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
- Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics
- Cleankill Pest Control
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group
- Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
- Assurity Consulting
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
- Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
- PVL UK Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP
- PVL UK Ltd
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
- Growth by Design
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
- Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
- Juno Wealth Management Ltd
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest
- MHA Carpenter Box
Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest
The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.
From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:
We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:
This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech. We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:
Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport. We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:
Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:
We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
A brief history of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – 2009-17 https://t.co/HK27YHR9SN
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