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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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Over a tonne of dangerous skin lightening creams seized at Gatwick Airport

More than a tonne of potentially carcinogenic cosmetics, including skin lightening creams, were seized at Gatwick Airport.

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West Sussex Trading Standards officers came to inspect the products after they were alerted by Border Force.

Officers noticed many of these brands had previously been found to contain hydroquinone – a banned substance linked to causing cancer.

Ten products were sent for safety testing and all failed. Eight contained hydroquinone and two were incorrectly labelled.

An investigation is taking place into the importer.

The products arrived into Gatwick Airport on 15 May 2019.

Peter Aston, Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Skin lightening creams containing hydroquinone that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor are banned in the UK, as they can cause serious side effects if used incorrectly. 

“Although some of the products detained listed hydroquinone as an ingredient, most did not and we must remind those using these types of products to only buy from reputable sources.”

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member, said:

“These products are very dangerous and have been linked to causing cancer and other skin diseases. I would like to thank our Trading Standards team for helping to put a stop to this unscrupulous trade.”

If you have been supplied with a skin lightening cream that lists hydroquinone as an ingredient, you can let Trading Standards know by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 0405060 or by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport.

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