Busy summer expected at Gatwick

It’s going to be a busy summer at Gatwick with around six million passengers expected to pass through the airport over the next few weeks.

The whole of the school holidays, which run from 20 July to 3 September, is expected to be a very busy period with Friday 17 August set to be the busiest day for arrivals and departures as around 138,000 passengers will pass through the airport.

Top ten holiday destinations for summer 2012 from Gatwick are:

  1. Malaga
  2. Palma De Mallorca
  3. Faro
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Barcelona
  7. Dalaman
  8. Alicante
  9. Dubai
  10. Glasgow

Commenting on summer at Gatwick, Paul Fitch, Gatwick Airport’s Head of Terminal Operations said: “Over this summer London will be turned into a huge sporting venue, watched and celebrated the world over. And although Gatwick is not a designated port of entry for this great sporting event, we are expecting to handle around 10% of all Games goers, so we will be doing all we can to make every journey for every passenger a positively memorable one this summer.

“Over the past few years, we have invested around £600 million to provide facilities that will ensure passengers can go from train to plane and back again with as little fuss as possible. There are more self-service check-in options to give passengers greater freedom to tag their own bags and drop them off. We have upgraded our security areas and introduced more lanes so that our guests can travel in confidence and know that we can get them through the process within five minutes or less 95% of the time – even during the busiest times of the day. We have also worked hard with our airlines and the Border Force to ensure the return journey is just as efficient.

“This is a special summer, and our staff and volunteers will wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of the Games and ensure all our guests arrive and leave with a positive impression of Gatwick and the great city it serves.”

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