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Gatwick takes the airport to schools with new initiative

London Gatwick has launched a new initiative to take the airport to schools across Kent, Surrey and Sussex with 15 schools from across Kent attending the first roadshow at Hadlow Rural Community School, near Tonbridge, on 28th March.

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The roadshows are designed to give exclusive insights into the aviation industry and form part of Gatwick’s local engagement programme which promotes the study of STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects.

Over 500 pupils, aged between 13 and 15, attended the Kent event and took part in 12 different STEM-related activities such as marshalling in a plane and learning about the work the Gatwick team do on the airport’s land holdings.

The roadshows link the STEM subjects with relevant job possibilities at the airport and are a way of encouraging and nurturing talent for the future. easyJet, DHL and the Royal Aeronautical society also took part in the roadshow to help provide students the widest possible insight into the various areas of the aviation industry. 

Paula Aldridge, Community Engagement Manager, London Gatwick, said:

“We are delighted that the schools share our ambition to inspire young people to work in STEM industries. Our aim is to inform, invest and inspire and we have created this first roadshow with these three principles at the forefront of our minds.

“We are so grateful to Hadlow Rural Community School for hosting the event- we hope we returned their generosity by putting on a truly inspirational and successful event.”

Simon Harris, Enterprise Coordinator, West Kent Partnership, said:

“The West Kent Enterprise Adviser Network is delighted that Gatwick agreed to come across to West Kent and deliver this exceptional event. It was great to see people who love their jobs telling more than 600 young people why they do so.

“We have already heard from some of the schools and they were greatly impressed with the interactive nature of the event and report that a number of students now have fresh and exciting new career aspirations.”

Mark Nichols, Director of Standards and English Teacher, Hadlow Rural Community School said before the event:

“I’ve worked in schools for nigh on 10 years – to host an event such as this is beyond precedent. The benefits to be had by pupils attending will be huge!

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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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