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Gatwick reveals ten new routes to start this summer

London Gatwick today reveals the summer travelling trends of UK holidaymakers and this summer’s fastest-growing destinations.

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Long-haul destinations making the top ten fastest-growing list from Gatwick include Doha and Buenos Aires, each +51% and +68% on summer 2018 respectively. Competitive pricing from Norwegian and the fuel-efficient Dreamliner aircraft make it possible to offer some of the cheapest fares to Argentina from the UK – bringing this exciting destination in reach of many more passengers.

The 2019 summer season continues Gatwick’s long-standing precedent of championing competition and opening up new destinations and fares for passengers. Hot on the heels of Argentina, the airport’s brand new connection to Rio de Janeiro has begun, providing affordable fares to Brazil.

The top ten list also reveals passenger demand to get off the beaten track, visit lesser known regions of countries and discover the next must-see destination early. To enable this, airlines at Gatwick are increasing routes to the more untapped parts of Europe, including Ancona, Italy and Volos and Kavala, Greece.

In response to these travel trends London Gatwick is set to welcome an impressive ten new routes this 2019 summer season, from Rio, Brazil to Rijeka, Croatia.

New Route Frequency
Asturias, Spain 3 flights per week
Chisinau, Moldova 2 flights per week
Cluj Napoca, Romania 7 flights per week
Gdansk, Poland 7 flights per week
Lametia – Terme, Italy 1 flight per week
Miami, USA 7 nights per week
Rijeka, Croatia 1 flight per week
Rio, Brazil 4 flights per week
San Francisco, USA 5 flights per week
Zadar, Croatia 3 flights per week

London Gatwick, which flies to more destinations that any other UK airport, is the ninth busiest airport in Europe. With 16.9 million departing passenger seats this summer, Gatwick is optimally positioned to reveal this insight into the destinations desired by UK travellers.

In addition to new routes, Gatwick airlines are increasing the number of flights they operate to a variety of destinations – offering more choice than ever before.

Spanish destinations Almeria, Bilbao, Jerez and Alicante will increase in frequency this summer as will Antalya, Turkey, Kos, Greece and Budapest, Hungary.

With the airport set to have its biggest ever summer this year, Gatwick’s much-loved passenger entertainment days will be extended, running Wednesday to Friday, rather than Fridays only.

Meanwhile this Easter, well over half a million passengers (550,000) will be traveling through Gatwick during the holiday weekend, +5.1% on 2018.

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

“This summer, ten new routes will start from Gatwick which is the very latest demonstration of passenger demand for flights from Gatwick. It shows that, even though it’s one of the busiest in Europe, airlines can still acquire slots and grow at our airport.

“Rio de Janeiro has just joined Gatwick’s roster of long-haul connections while our airlines are opening up new must-see destinations to explore, particularly in Europe.

“Our summer seat availability is nearly double that of our winter season. With the airport set to have its biggest ever summer this year, we are delighted to treble the days our in-terminal passenger entertainment of musicians, performers and comedians is available. There is lots more planned this summer at Gatwick – so stay tuned!”

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Two hundred local pupils attend Eco summit at Crawley school

The Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young, and Engaged’ (EYE) conference saw eight local schools and 200 pupils from Crawley and Horsham attend Ifield Community College on Monday to get a practical understanding of the environment and the importance of sustainability.

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Aged between six and seventeen, pupils chose between 13 workshops where they could learn about making their own compost and the wildlife within it, and about the effect that different clothing materials have on the environment and therefore which ones are more sustainable to buy and wear.

Other workshops included practical team challenges on how to upcycle (reuse) everyday items – such as using old milk bottles as planters for herbs – and how to harness the power of both wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity.

The conference is part of the wider EYE campaign which seeks to bring schools in West Sussex together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet – to promote sustainability and encourage young people’s interest in environmental issues.

Gatwick’s Head of Sustainability, Rachel Thompson, gave an introductory talk on what sustainability is and its importance for protecting the environment.  She also discussed Gatwick’s ‘Decade of Change’ report, which tracks the airport’s progress on ten sustainability targets set over a ten year period (2010 to 2020), and explained how Gatwick’s buildings and fleet are carbon neutral.

The sponsorship of the conference is part of Gatwick’s wider community engagement programme which aims to make lasting and positive impacts to local communities and young people. Gatwick is also partnering with 15 local schools as part of the Primary Engineer programme to help schools teach STEM-based subjects in a more relatable and practical way to inspire more students to study the subjects.

Rachel Thompson, Head of Sustainability, Gatwick Airport said:

“It was great to see the enthusiasm of the students and hear their excellent questions and ideas. We hope today’s event will inspire more eco school projects and also encourage more students to consider studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and pursuing careers in sustainability.”

Irram Ali, Ifield Community College Eco Lead, said:

“It was an honour to have been able to host the first Eco-Summit in Crawley. At Ifield Community College we are focused on encouraging our students to proactively engage with environmental issues and this was an excellent opportunity for such engagement to take place. All students were passionate and enthused and will hopefully implement some of their new knowledge in our local schools and community.”

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