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Gatwick is back! 14 airlines flying to 42 destinations in 23 countries as holidays get underway

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It’s the news both staff and holiday makers have been longing for since lockdown and marks the start of a return to business and hopefully jobs.

The lifting of quarantine restrictions for inbound passengers means that airlines can now fly to over 75% of the destinations Gatwick served before the COVID19 crisis.

In response, from this Friday, fourteen airlines will fly from Gatwick to 42 destinations in 23 countries, including popular short haul summer holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Airlines flying to these destinations from Gatwick include easyJet, TUI, Air Europa, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.

Regular short haul services are also flying to Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by airlines including Ryanair, Norwegian, Air Baltic and Wizz Air.

British Airways also resumed long haul flights from Gatwick last Friday (17 July) with services to Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and St Lucia, with Air Transat starting flights to Canada on 24 July, followed by WestJet from in August.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said:

“The introduction of travel corridors is very welcome and means that we could now fly to over 75% of our pre COVID-19 destinations without passengers having to quarantine on their return.  Passengers should feel confident about booking summer holidays abroad to these destinations and visiting family and friends.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and everyone who works at Gatwick remains a priority and – in partnership with our airlines – a range of new measures are in place across the airport. We are determined to play our part in keeping the spread of COVID-19 down.

“While we hope that the introduction of travel corridors marks a turning point, the aviation industry still has a long way to go to in its recovery from this pandemic however and we call on Government to introduce specific measures to further help the sector.

“Even though we are starting to see the beginning of small green shoots of recovery demand is still down considerably and we want to preserve jobs alongside offering a first rate passenger experience in this new COVID-19 world. We hope consumer confidence will continue to grow over the summer.”

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The first easyJet holidays’ summer customers take off from Gatwick as business continues to return to airport

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It’s another welcome sign that the airport is starting to pick up since lockdown began to ease.

easyJet holidays has started taking its first ever summer customers on holiday since the launch of the business in November last year and since travel restrictions and quarantine advice changed.

Customers will be jetting off from London Gatwick airport to enjoy holidays to the likes of Crete, Rhodes, Malta and Turkey. When customers arrive on holiday there will be local gifts to enjoy courtesy of easyJet holidays and their destination partners to celebrate the first arrivals.

To help support and prepare customers for what to expect on holiday in these times, easyJet holidays has created a customer video and provided detailed information pages on its website – a Covid-19 response and a safety and wellbeing centre.

Matt Callaghan, Customer Director at easyJet holidays said:

“This is a really big moment for us and it is hugely exciting to be taking our first customers away this summer. We know how important holidays are to us all and we also recognise that for many a holiday this year feels even more significant. We’ve made a series of commitments and put in a number of steps to help ensure customers can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners for the part they have played in getting ready for today.”

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Airport, said:

“The launch of easyJet holidays from Gatwick Airport is a really significant step off the back of an incredibly challenging few months, not just for the aviation industry but for individuals and families across the country. For people to have the opportunity to get away to easyJet holidays’ fantastic range of destinations from Gatwick this summer is great news and something certain to give many families a huge boost.

“As an airport, we have implemented numerous new measures to ensure the safety of both passengers and staff travelling through Gatwick, which will help keep passenger safe and help to rebuild confidence in flying, whether to see family and friends, to enjoy a much-needed holiday or to travel for business.”

Today also marks the day that the new comic book inspired face masks for children will start to be available on easyJet flights. The masks, designed by Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, are just one element of the new measures the airline has introduced on flights to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard.

easyJet holidays has great value deals on a range of holidays bookable all the way through to October next year. All holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, with transfers included on beach holidays.

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