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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.

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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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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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