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.
|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!”
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.’