The airport will also waive the fee for theCancer Research UK Kids and Teens Mini Mile races to encourage more participants and donations to charity. Instead of an entry fee, participants will be invited to make an optional donation to race sponsor Cancer Research UK. Making the event free to enter will also give children, who might not have otherwise taken part, the opportunity to be part of one of the largest youth races in the UK.
The Brighton Marathon will be held on 14th April 2019 and is the 2nd largest in the UK and the 8th largest in Europe, with 12,000 runners expected to start and up to 200,000 spectators.
Sustainability is an important focus for Gatwick as the airport continues to progress its Decade of Change programme. Gatwick was the first airport to secure accreditation as a zero waste to landfill airport by the Carbon Trust.
Gatwick has partnered with the marathon as its helps to raise money for charities nationally and regionally and because it promotes local health and wellbeing – both of which form key aspects in the airport’s community engagement strategy.
The airport will also be supporting its charity partners at the Event Village, with co-branding of St Catherine’s Hospice and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Marquees – two vital local charities that will hopefully receive more donations as a result of their increased exposure to the 200,000 spectators expected during the marathon weekend in Brighton.
Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager, London Gatwick, said:
“We are excited to be sponsoring the Brighton Marathon Weekend again this year and hope that giving away reusable water bottles helps to reduce litter and single use plastics at the event, while also raising awareness on how important sustainability is for our local environment.
“We are also supporting the Brighton Marathon Weekend because it promotes the health and wellbeing of so many local people and it raises a fantastic amount money for good causes across the region.
“The Gatwick team wish all this year’s runners the best of luck.”
Tom Naylor, Event Director, Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an event with so many positive associations, from encouraging thousands of people to get outdoors and active, to the millions of pounds raised for charity and spent in the local economy. It is our goal to maintain that positive association in all that we do, including our sustainability efforts. By developing our plastics policy and reducing our impact on the environment, we hope to set new standards within the running events industry and help develop the way in which events operate and use plastics in the future. We are so grateful for Gatwick’s continued support and for making the provision of reusable bottle possible.”
Recording-breaking start to 2019 for Gatwick
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a year, as passenger numbers grew by +4.0% in Q4, compared to 2018, as 9.7 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of 2019.
Long-haul growth was also strong in Q4, up +7.5%. This contributed to another month of healthy cargo growth, +7.2% quarter on quarter.
North Atlantic routes drove this busiest-ever start to a calendar year +15.3% on Q4 2018. Responding to this transatlantic demand, Virgin Atlantic and Delta have announced plans to grow at Gatwick – with new routes to Boston Logan and New York JFK from summer 2020 – adding to Gatwick’s over 250 flights each week to the USA.
It comes as Gatwick welcomed more passengers than ever during February half-term. 1.2 million passengers travelled through the airport between 15th and 24th February and an increase of +7% on the equivalent week last year.
Gatwick passengers are increasingly looking to go further afield at half-term with long-haul destinations up nearly 20% for the holiday period, as 1 in 6 Gatwick passengers are currently travelling to long-haul destinations. Popular long-haul half-term destinations include Dubai and Bridgetown joining short haul favourites Dublin, Barcelona and Geneva.
February also saw the start of easyJet’s new Dusseldorf service, which operates 11 times per week to the business and leisure destination, and is the fifth new route from the airline at Gatwick in recent months, joining Aqaba, Rovaniemi, Warsaw and Aarhus. This follows the addition of a new service to the Turkish capital, Ankara, from Turkish Airlines in January as the number of capital cities served by Gatwick now stands at 50.
In the three month period, domestic routes to Isle of Man and Glasgow saw growth of +9.0% and +5.0%, respectively. Meanwhile passengers using GatwickConnects, the airport’s service which enables passengers to book connecting flights via Gatwick, increased +80% from Edinburgh, +58% from Jersey and +50% from Belfast in Q4.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:
“Gatwick’s year has started as we mean the rest of 2019 to go on. Our pioneering spirit at the airport is driving for success in both the short and long term.
“In the immediate period, we continue to innovate, enabling new and established airlines to grow to all parts of the world – including most recently a new service to Rio de Janeiro.
“Looking ahead to further opportunities, we will publish the final version of Gatwick’s masterplan later this year, outlining potential options for future growth.’