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Gatwick’s top tips to save money when flying this winter

Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Stephen King has, following 16 years working in the aviation industry, put together his tips on how to bag a flight bargain and save money when flying.

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Choose a mid-week flight.

There are huge savings to be made by booking mid-week flights versus weekend flights. The airlines team at Gatwick have crunched the numbers to identify savings in the region of 50% on a return flight, in some cases, when opting for a mid-week departure.

Pack a hand luggage size suitcase.

Most airlines will let passengers take on one carry on piece of luggage included in the ticket price, and then will charge for any further pieces of luggage. So avoid any additional charges on your ticket by just taking the one carry on suitcase.

Take that city break in winter rather than summer.

We have again crunched the numbers and there are savings of up to 70% to be made taking a city break in a winter month over a summer month. A winter trip also provides the opportunity to see the key sights out of the hustle and bustle of the busy summer months.

You don’t have to be flying first class to get the airport lounge experience.

Gatwick has a No.1 Lounge in both its North and South terminals, where any passenger can take advantage of unlimited food and drink, watch TV or browse one of the many magazines available (whilst of course stocking up on some magazine reading material for your flight). Passengers booking the lounge in advance of their trip can save £8 and it’s also well worth booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dress to impress.

Putting on a smart outfit, rather than your comfy tracksuit, really does stand you a better chance of being upgraded into the next class of cabin. This is especially important if you are travelling on your own, as it’s easier logistically to move a couple of people around the plane rather than a larger group.

Consider booking your return flight with a different airline.

There is no need to book a return flight with the same airline as your outbound flight. More than one airline might offer flights to your destination – so it’s worth taking a look to see if you can save money flying to your destination on one airline and back with a different airline.

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

“There are huge bargains for passengers opting for a mid-week flight over a weekend flight. Anecdotally, I know from friends and family that they have a good amount of leave to take before the end of the calendar or financial year and there are some great value flights for passengers to take advantage of over the next few months.

“To give just a small flavour of some of the return fares available, for under £40 passengers can jet off to Dublin. Amsterdam, Barcelona and Copenhagen for under £50, and for under £60 they can take advantage of a huge range of destinations including, Bucharest, Cologne, Kiev, Madrid, Nice and Paris.

“These European cities really are year-round destinations, so those savvy enough to travel in these cooler months get to experience these great destinations out of the hustle and bustle of busier times of the year.”

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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.

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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.’

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