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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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More good news for Gatwick as SunExpress to launch non-stop flights to Antalya (that’s in Turkey if you didn’t know)

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More good news for Gatwick as SunExpress is expanding its UK operations, announcing the launch of a new route between Gatwick Airport and Antalya from March 2021.

For the Turkish-German airline – a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines – the market has been an important part of the route network for several years with flights from London-Luton mainly catering for visiting friends and relatives.

Now the airline extends its offer for British holidaymakers. Starting on 28 March 2021, SunExpress will launch three weekly flights between London Gatwick and Antalya, offering passengers an ideal destination for the Easter holiday period. From 28 May, this route will be served daily.

On 26 March, SunExpress is also set to launch another new flight from Manchester to Antalya. The route will be served twice per week before passengers will have a choice of four weekly connections starting 30 May.

“After a year of staying at home, the people of Britain deserve a sunny holiday”, said Peter Glade, CCO of SunExpress. “Our new services to Antalya will allow the British people to arrive at their well-deserved holiday destination, in a fast and relaxed manner, and for a competitive price, experiencing our unique SunExpress service.”

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

“We are delighted to welcome SunExpress to Gatwick from March. Antalya has been an increasingly popular destination in recent years, with an average temperature of more than 20 degrees between May and October making it a great Mediterranean getaway.

“The addition of SunExpress’ three weekly flights from Gatwick in March – increasing to daily flights from May – is excellent news for passengers looking to book an Easter or summer break and will also offer passengers across London and the South East even greater choice when planning holidays.

“Despite the turbulent time the aviation industry has suffered this year, slots at Gatwick remain in high demand, so it is positive news to be able to welcome SunExpress to the airport.” The new routes from Gatwick and Manchester are already available for bookings through tour operators, travel agencies as well as www.sunexpress.com

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