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Gatwick welcomes new routes and more seats as Winter approaches

London Gatwick today announces this winter’s most sought-after global cities, revealing its top 10 fastest growing destinations, and which brand-new destinations will be served with direct flights.



London Gatwick today announces this winter’s most sought-after global cities, revealing its top 10 fastest growing destinations, and which brand-new destinations will be served with direct flights.

Destinations outside of Europe which can be found on the airport’s top 10 fastest-growing route list include China’s biggest city and global financial centre Shanghai, and the Moroccan port city of Tangier, which have risen by 416% and 50% respectively. Incumbent carrier China Eastern Airlines will increase its flights from three times weekly to daily this winter, just as Air China begins its four times weekly operation from the Chinese city in November. 

A stampede of visitors to North America is also expected from Gatwick this winter, as Calgary in Canada also features inside the top 10, with seats up by 50%, while Jordan’s only coastal city Aqaba is +106% and Turkey’s capital Ankara +91%.

The top ten list also reveals heightened passenger demand for destinations closer to home, reflecting Gatwick’s yet further appeal for business traffic and city breaks. This winter, travellers looking to trade in commercial cities like Düsseldorf (+221%) and Paris (+24%), just outside the top 10, can now conduct their business more easily as a result of extra seats to these markets. Culture vultures and gastro tourists alike will equally welcome the increased capacity to Budapest (+90%), Bilbao (+82%) Dubrovnik (+59%) or Krakow (+37%), giving city-breakers greater choice this winter from Gatwick.

New flights launched earlier in the year which are also available this winter include Miami and San Francisco in the USA, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Milan Bergamo and Ancona in Italy, Asturias in Spain, as well as Gdansk and Cluj-Napoca in Eastern Europe. Served 14 times weekly last winter, Doha will be operated 18 times weekly by Qatar Airways this winter season.

As passengers’ travel appetites become more diverse, Gatwick is helping to cater for this segmenting demand by preparing to add three more destinations to its network this winter.

New Route                                         Frequency                              Airline

Kuwait City, Kuwait                             Daily flights                             Jazeera Airways

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico               Two flights per week               TUI Airways

Memmingen, Germany                      Weekly flights                          TUI Airways

Gatwick, which offers more destinations than any other UK airport, is also Europe’s ninth busiest airport. With close to 9.5 million departing seats on sale this winter, including over 600,000 during half-term, the airport is ideally placed to divulge which are the most-wanted destinations for UK travellers.  

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

“The appetite for new destinations and extra seats continues unabated at Gatwick, even as we near 47 million passengers annually. Unveiling yet more carriers and routes this winter shows airlines are growing well as passengers respond to the new choices available.

“This winter I’m delighted that once again we have new airlines joining Gatwick alongside a wealth of carriers growing capacity. Whether it’s new carriers like Jazeera Airways, which has chosen Gatwick as its first destination in Western Europe, additional capacity to China or existing airlines growing their seat offer, this winter is great news for passengers looking for something fresh and exciting or returning to a favourite destination.”

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Now you can fly to Cornwall from Gatwick Airport from just £35



Image: Flybe

It’s almost a quarter of the price of taking the train, but now that Flybe has changed its Newquay route from Heathrow to Gatwick it means it is now so much easier to visit the area and possibly much cheaper.

Obviously prices fluctuate by the minute but when we looked to book a flight on a Saturday evening in July we were amazed to find a single ticket cost just £35.18!

Now this price only came with standard cabin baggage allowance which allowed for two bags which together could not total more than 10kg.

The flight only takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and is on a De Havilland DHC-8 400 series, which is a turboprop-powered airplane.

We compared the price to a train ticket departing on the same day. The cheapest ticket we could find was £119.30 but which in addition would take 6 hours and 17 minutes with a change at Reading as well.

All this only weeks after the airline received government help to avert a collapse. Currently they fly to Newquay from Heathrow but come March the route will instead be from Gatwick.

So maybe now is the time to get those Cornish holidays booked as this is likely to become a very popular route.

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