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Gatwick set for busiest summer ever

The airport is expecting 8.8 million passengers during the school summer holidays.

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Passengers get into the Summer Festival spirit at Gatwick.

London Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest summer on record, with 8,846,000 people set to use the airport during the school holidays.

It follows a successful June at Gatwick, which saw 4.5 million passengers travelling through, with the airport’s long-haul routes growing by +26% year-on-year.

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Gatwick’s Canadian routes performed particularly well, in the month that saw world leaders visiting the country for this year’s G7 summit. Winnipeg grew by +66.3% in June, with Edmonton +28.2%, Montreal +23.8% and Calgary +13%.

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

The volume of cargo handled by the airport also grew strongly, up +19.4% in June as a result of Gatwick’s thriving long-haul network. The trend for long-haul travel looks set to continue this summer too, with Gatwick’s long-haul services expected to grow by +19.5% during the holidays.

The busiest summer days at Gatwick will be:

• Friday 20th July for departures (86,000 passengers)
• Sunday 2nd September for arrivals (88,400 passengers)
• Sunday 12th August overall (167,200 passengers)

Orlando remains the most popular summer long-haul destination, with Doha a new addition to the top ten list after a double-daily service to the city was launched by Qatar Airways in May.

In terms of the most popular short-haul routes, Nice joins the top ten list this year, while Barcelona remains Gatwick’s top summer short-haul destination.

This summers’ top 10 short-haul destinations

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

This summers’ top 10 long-haul destinations

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

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 launches UK’s first electric car sharing service

The 100% electric vehicles produce zero emissions which supports Gatwick’s carbon neutral status.

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Ten 'Blue City' electric cars on Gatwick's airfield.

In a UK airport first, passengers, staff and local residents can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick – and return it to any of 300 compatible pick up/ drop off points across London or back at Gatwick – the airport announced yesterday.

The service – similar to schemes popular in other parts of the world – is being rolled out in partnership with Bluecity, the only company to operate a pan-London electric vehicle car sharing service with 100 cars currently available in total.

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Discussions are also ongoing with local authorities and business groups about expanding the network further in London and in areas surrounding the airport.

Operating in a similar way to existing cycle schemes across the capital, ten cars and charging points are currently available on Gatwick’s South Terminal forecourt. This is Bluecity’s first airport hub and discussions are in progress to increase capacity.

The new point to point service gives people using the airport a convenient, zero emissions travel option for getting directly on and off the airport and is purposely designed to be easy to locate and use, with customers able to reserve a car in seconds via the Bluecity app.

Local residents are also encouraged to use the service and Gatwick staff have also been offered the opportunity to trial the service for free.

A standard journey in a Bluecity car from central London is also an affordable travel option to the airport. The four-seater’s drive from Central London to the very front of the airport will cost around £15 in moderate traffic.

The service is also flexible and works both ways, so that those travelling to Gatwick from the capital can pick up a car at any of the London-based charging points and drop it off at the airport.

Car sharing is also growing in popularity in the UK and this new partnership represents another first in Gatwick’s journey to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. Gatwick is accredited as a carbon neutral airport, uses 100% renewable electricity and 44% of passengers currently get to the airport by public transport.

The 24,000 staff on Gatwick’s airport campus and local residents are also being encouraged to use the new electric car sharing service.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said:

“Gatwick leads the way on airport innovation and this UK airport first not only offers a new, flexible option for getting on and off the airport, it also improves air quality.

“When it comes to electric car sharing schemes, few companies have experienced the success of Bluecity and its parent company. Given the popular demand for similar electric car sharing services in other parts of the world, this new service has the potential to take off in the UK and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transport revolution.”

Bluecity’s Managing Director Christophe Arnaud said:

“We are particularly proud of this milestone agreement with Gatwick Airport and look forward to our collaboration for years to come. We believe this new service is a fantastic solution for travellers. Our cars are powered exclusively with 100% renewable energy making the service the greenest and most affordable transport option to and from Central London.”

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